Economic Development Studies » Labour Market and Employment

The need to address the developmental challenges in OIC Member States has brought to the fore the importance of human capacity development and the necessity to address related labour market issues such as youth and women employment, entrepreneurship, and social inclusion. With total labour force in OIC Member States amounting to almost 800 million, OIC recognizes the importance of job creation, developing the quality of the labour force and providing social protection to the workers. Accordingly, the OIC has, since its inception, striven to enhance technical and manpower cooperation among its Member States for the sake of enhancing their competitiveness as well as accelerating their socio-economic transformation, growth and development.

The overall objective of intra-OIC cooperation in this crucial sector is to build better quality of life, to promote productive employment, and to create adequate social protection for OIC peoples through enhancing workforce competitiveness, creating a harmonious and progressive workplace, and promotion of decent work for all. Consequently, the Forth Islamic Conference of Labour Ministers, which was held in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in February 2018, adopted the OIC Labour Market Strategy prepared by the SESRIC. In order to contribute to the implementation of different agreements and programmes of actions, SESRIC produces various reports and organizes diverse capacity building programmes in the area of labour.

In this connection, SESRIC regularly prepares OIC Labour Market Reports and presents the main findings during the Islamic Conferences of Labour Ministers. The reports analyses the current state of labour market in OIC countries and discusses some important aspects of labour market policy and developments. The Report, therefore, significantly contribute to the deliberations on the current state and challenges of OIC countries in the area of labour and employment.