SESRIC Delegation visits the Ministry of Labor of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Date: 14 June 2023
Venue: Amman - Jordan

The SESRIC delegation, led by H.E. Zehra Zümrüt SELÇUK paid a courtesy visit to the Ministry of Labor (MoL) of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on 14 June 2023 at its headquarters in Amman, Jordan.

H.E. Farouk AL HADIDI, Secretary General of the MoL, and his team warmly welcomed the SESRIC delegation. H.E. SELÇUK expressed her profound gratitude and appreciation for the generous hospitality.

She provided a comprehensive overview of SESRIC's impactful work in the field of labour, highlighting the various capacity-building programs and networks that contribute to the advancement of labour-related issues within OIC Member Countries. Among these initiatives are the OIC Occupational Safety and Health Network (OIC-OSHNET), the OIC Public Employment Services (OIC-PESNET), and the Centre's OIC-VET Programme.

The OIC-OSHNET serves as a platform for sharing best practices, knowledge, and experiences in promoting and maintaining safe and healthy working environments across OIC Member Countries. The network facilitates collaboration among labour authorities, occupational safety and health institutions, and relevant stakeholders, enabling the exchange of expertise and the development of comprehensive strategies to ensure the well-being and safety of workers.

In addition, the OIC-PESNET brings together public employment services (PES) agencies, job centers, and relevant institutions to enhance employment opportunities, foster labor market integration, and support job seekers and employers. Through OIC-PESNET, OIC Member Countries can benefit from shared expertise, innovative practices, and capacity-building initiatives to address the challenges of unemployment and improve the overall labour market conditions.

The OIC-VET Programme focuses on vocational education and training, aiming to enhance the skills and employability of individuals within OIC Member Countries. This program encompasses a wide range of activities, including the development of vocational training frameworks, the establishment of training centres, the design and implementation of competency-based training programs, and the promotion of partnerships between vocational training institutions and industries. By strengthening vocational education and training, the OIC-VET Program empowers individuals with the necessary skills to meet labour market demands, drive economic growth, and contribute to sustainable development within their respective countries.

H.E. SELÇUK emphasized that these networks and programs not only provide valuable platforms for knowledge-sharing but also foster collaboration and cooperation among OIC Member Countries through south-south cooperation mechanisms. By pooling resources, expertise, and experiences, OIC Member Countries can collectively address common labour challenges, exchange innovative solutions, and promote inclusive and sustainable development in the labour sector. The collaborative nature of these initiatives ensures that the efforts of SESRIC and its partners have a significant and lasting impact on labour-related issues within the OIC community.

H.E. AL HADIDI engaged in a comprehensive discussion about the activities and achievements in the domain of labour and employment within Jordan. He shed light on the Ministry of Labour's notable projects and initiatives that have been implemented to drive progress in this field.

The Ministry of Labour in Jordan has undertaken significant efforts to enhance labour and employment conditions in the country. Through various projects and initiatives, the Ministry has aimed to create a conducive environment for workers, promote decent work opportunities, and foster sustainable economic growth. These initiatives encompass a wide range of areas, including labour market regulation, employment generation, skills development, and social protection.

After a fruitful discussion and exchange of information, both sides expressed their desire to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formally establish cooperation between their institutions in areas of mutual interest.