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First meeting of the G20 Employment Working Group in Berlin

State Secretary Yasmin Fahimi opens the first meeting of the G20 Employment Working Group in Berlin

On 19 December 2016, State Secretary Yasmin Fahimi opened the first meeting of the G20 Employment Working Group. The group met from 19 - 21 December 2016 in Berlin to prepare the meeting of the G20 labour and employment ministers in Bad Neuenahr on 18-19 May 2017.

The State Secretary stressed: "We must remain in constant dialogue and find concrete answers to be able to meet the current global challenges. This is the only way for us to fight inequalities together world-wide and to create the foundations for a fair and inclusive world of work. In the framework of the G20, we have already carried out sound preliminary work. During the German G20 presidency, we want to build on this and continue working further on our goals."

The G20 delegates welcomed the programme of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs for the German G20 presidency, which contains the following priorities: female employment, labour market integration of migrants and refugees, sustainable global supply chains, the future of work and the cross-cutting issues of youth employment and social dialogue. The focus of the three-day-long meeting was initially on the priorities of female employment and the labour market integration of migrants and refugees. The delegates agreed on a framework for improving the quality of female employment. This includes achieving progress on previously made commitments of the G20 on, for example, reducing the gender labour force participation gap between men and women. In addition, they discussed the success factors for a fair and effective integration of migrants and refugees presented by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and welcomed these in principle.

During visits to Berlin-based companies, the delegates learned about practical examples of the integration of refugees in vocational training and Germany's dual vocational education system. In a joint discussion with representatives from the social partners, the Federal Employment Agency and from companies, they expanded the exchange of ideas on labour market integration of migrants and refugees in Germany.

The next meeting of the Employment Working Group will take place in February 2017. Then, the topics of global supply chains and the future of the work will be on the agenda.

Picture above: State Secretary Yasmin Fahimi opens the first meeting of the G20 Employment Working Group in Berlin. Source: BMAS/Baller.