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EU - Youth Mobility Workshop Held in Beirut

'Employment Strategies: A Framework for Development”'

The Daedalus Project Consortium organized its First International Workshop entitled 'Employment Strategies: A Framework for Development' at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Hamra - Beirut.

Representatives of the various International partners and stakeholders participated in the event in addition to a group of entrepreneurs, employers and job seekers.

President of the Lebanese Development Network (LDN) Amin Nehme opened the ceremony with a welcome note while stressing on the importance of such an initiative in enhancing the job creation and the business opportunities among the youth.

PMO Manager at Unisystems and Daedalus Project Director Panayiotis Ktoridis introduced the project with a detailed presentation showing the perspective behind it as well as the portal’s usability.

During the first panel entitled “Job Market: From Expectations to Opportunities,” the major focus was on the various aspects of the market challenges. Lebanon’s General Director of the Higher Council for Privatization Ziad Hayek presented the advantages of the implementation of a Public-Private Partnership vis-a-vis the job creation. In turn, Chief Economist and Head of the Economic Research & Analysis Department at the Byblos Bank Group Nassib Ghobril focused on the global situation of employment (in particular with the youth) in Lebanon, with a reference to specific indicators of the performance of the main Lebanese economic sectors. The third panelist, the Director of the Levant Institute for Strategic Affairs (LISA) Dr. Sami Nader discussed the three main reasons of the present high unemployment rate in Lebanon.

During the second day, the General Director of the Tunisian Ministry of Labor Anis Ben Algia opened the conference with a presentation focusing on the unemployment in Tunisia after the 2011 revolution followed by a short overview of the dissemination of Daedalus portal’ activities delivered by COSPE contact person in Lebanon Chiara Carmignani on behalf of Juhoud organization, the Palestinian partner.

The Director of the Lebanese Emigration Research Center (LERC) at Notre Dame University (NDU) Dr. Guita Hourani opened the panel with a presentation on ‘Migration and Brain Drain’ whereas the Human Resource Manager at CNAM University Mireille Gillet stresses in her speech on the ‘Continuing Education & Competence Management’ as an adaptive challenge to the market needs.

Business Manager at Near East Consulting Group (NECG) Patricia Zahr and the Assessment Center Director Basile Zaloum presented the centre’s methodology with a business and job task simulation.

Open Source Lebanese Movement Founder (OSLEM) Pascal Fares conducted a presentation on the ‘Open Source Tools and Benefits on Employment Sector’ especially when targeting youth population.

At the end, Director of ‘Capacity Academy’ at LDN and MPC Pilot Manager for ‘Daedalus’ project in Lebanon Rouba Fares presented the project’s Research Findings while showing the importance of partnership in securing its sustainability.
 
The event aimed at raising awareness about the portal and the expansion of its use, building momentum for the sustainability of Daedalus as a career advising and cross border business collaboration platform, and fostering network practices and exchange among stakeholders working in the field of employment.

 

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