Posted: Tuesday June 26, 2012 9:02 AM BT

In response to the growing need for policy research on employment and the better management of labour market information, the Ministry of Labour and Employment and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) have jointly agreed to support the establishment of the National Centre for Employment Studies (NCES) at REPOA.

Employment creation has become an issue of increasing importance in recent years, and is one of the main priorities in the National Growth and Development Plan for Mainland and Zanzibar (MKUKUTA II & MKUZA II.

Access to labour markets that offer decent work opportunities is essential for low-income households to enhance their income and improve their welfare. The NCES will serve as the national think-tank for employment studies, and a forum for the development and dissemination of research findings, undertaking original, rigorous research that will deepen understanding, inform, and stimulate policy debate on employment creation and decent work in order to support the national development agenda.

This dedicated centre for employment studies will aim to encourage more collaboration among stakeholders; while preventing duplication of research, reducing costs, and facilitating a more organized approach in studying employment within the context of economic growth and poverty reduction in Tanzania.

The NCES also intends to enhance the quality of public policy formulation and implementation, increase understanding and awareness of employment and labour issues in Tanzania and in the EAC, support the effectiveness of tripartite labour arrangements, assist in skills development for the work force, and offer advice on measures to promote the decent work agenda in Tanzania.

More information on the NCES and its activities will be uploaded onto the website as it becomes available.
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