Since 2001, the ISO has responded to the interest its initiatives arouse by creating a delegation in Morocco, which operates today under the leadership of Iqbal TOUMI.
The development of this delegation was founded on some exchanges concerning good practices in areas that are vital to the country, such as education, work-study learning for young people as preparation for employment in the service sector and the tourism industry, and unemployment among young university graduates.
Several symposia were held in Morocco at Abdelhak Aqallal’s initiative. Examples of these include the “Union for the Mediterranean” symposium on June 23, 2009 and, in partnership with the ESCA School of Management, “Morocco Facing the Challenges of Occupational Health and Safety”, during which the ISO presented its initiative of a commitment to well-being at work and the universal right to health.
YOUTH EMPLOYMENT IN ENERGY TRANSITION
Looking ahead to the next Conference of the Parties, COP 22, scheduled to take place next November in Marrakesh, the Moroccan delegation of the OSI met with its partners at the beginning of March. The meeting was chaired by Muriel Morin.
A working group was set up under the auspices of ENGIE in Morocco to address how to improve access to employment for young people, which is seen as crucial for energy transition. Technology is not the only issue: in Africa, energy transition is bound up with the social issues of education, awareness and creating jobs for young people. Africa will be home to 2.8 billion people by 2050 (the current population of China and India combined). 400 to 500 million of these will be young people who will be disadvantaged by major educational, socio-economic, linguistic and geographical inequalities. It is clear that access to employment is one of the major challenges for Africa. Inclusion in the workforce by creating integrated training programs in companies and promoting entrepreneurship are effective means of making the informal economy part of the mainstream economy and of targeting young people and women as the main agents of development. These are some of the topics selected by the OSI’s partners, the most active of which are ENGIE in Morocco, the Suez LYDEC subsidiary, Méditel, a subsidiary of Orange, and Lafarge. They work with academics like Najat M’Jid, a member of the Moroccan committee on human rights and civil society, and Bouchra Ghiati, Vice President of the voluntary association INSAF, which works to protect the rights of women, single mothers and children in Morocco. Following the meeting, an action program was drawn up for an initiative on the margins of COP 22.