A draft agenda is available here.
This expert meeting of the ESSSA initiative will provide a unique opportunity to share international experience in addressing the issue of skills mismatch as a way to contribute to more inclusive growth and good quality job creation across Southeast Asian countries.
It will be hosted by Thailand, which provides an ideal platform for such discussion. Thailand has been deploying efforts to diversify its economy to help create more employment and upgrade the labour force. Yet mismatch between job-seekers expectations, job opportunities and the skills requirements of employers have meant that unemployment remain an issue especially for youth.
The objective of the conference will be to:
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The Employment and Skills Strategies in Southeast Asia (ESSSA) initiative is managed by the OECD Programme on Local Economic and Employment Development in collaboration with the ILO and ASEAN and with the support of the European Commission.
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