Employment and Skills Strategies in South-East Asia (ESSSA):
Indonesia and the Philippines
Jakarta (Indonesia), 3 December 2008
Jointly organised by the ILO and the OECD
Indonesia and the Philippines are confronted with various labour market opportunities and challenges (dynamic urban centres, skills mismatch, loss of skills). Both countries are undergoing decentralisation in recognition that many of them are best addressed locally. Nonetheless, different streams of policy are implemented in parallel and sometimes do not communicate with each another.
Local organisations are often low in resources and capacity, and ill-prepared to take on new tasks and responsibilities. A more flexible, cooperative and innovative approach is vital if localities, cities, regions and countries are to reap the full benefits of globalisation and lift their living standards in a sustainable way.
These challenges are faced not only by Indonesia and the Philippines but also other South-East Asian economies and other world regions.
To make progress on these issues and learn from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) experience, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the OECD jointly organised an experts meeting on fostering employment and skills development strategies in Indonesia and the Philippines, as part of OECD LEED’s initiative on Employment and Skills Development in South East Asia (ESSSA).
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