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Cambodia National Youth Employment Forum

Cambodia’s first ever Youth Employment Forum will take place in Phnom Penh, Cambodia at the Phnom Penh Hotel on 15-16 December 2011. The Royal Government of Cambodia’s Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training and the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport are the national co-organizers. The ILO is the technical lead agency in organizing the Forum in close collaboration with the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Cambodia, UNDP, UNESCO, UNV, the National Employment Agency, employers’ and workers’ organizations, key youth NGOs, and other relevant partners.

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When Dec 15, 2011 08:00 AM to
Dec 16, 2011 04:00 PM
Where Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Contact Phone +66 2 288 1780
Attendees This two-day high level technical dialogue will see all of the key actors working in the area of Youth Employment in Cambodia including the Royal Government of Cambodia, the UN agencies, the private sector, employers’ and workers’ organizations, international and national NGOs, and numerous organizations working with youth to come together and work towards collaborative action to address the issue. The Forum will gather around 300 key stakeholders working around or directly with youth employment and youth enterprise in Cambodia. The viewpoints of young people will be given prominence as participants will be largely made up of young people who will have many opportunities to express their opinions on the topics.
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Objective and Expected Output:

The Forum is a high-level policy dialogue on youth employment between the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) and the United Nations system in Cambodia. The aim of the Forum is to contribute to the development of a national employment policy, which is being pursued, and an action plan to implement the National Policy on Cambodian Youth Development which was approved by the RGC on 24 June 2011, in the area of productive employment, effective labour market information, entrepreneurship and skills development. The expected key outputs of the forum are: (i) an outline of an action plan on youth employment; and (ii) a joint statement on youth employment by the UN and the RGC.


Numerous national and international resource persons, including senior policy makers of the region, representatives of private companies and successful young entrepreneurs, will take part in each of the sessions. The conference will be structured into four technical sessions addressing the causes, nature and potential response to the challenges facing Cambodia’s youth in finding decent work. Each session will feature a customized format catered to the session topics with a diverse range of panelists. Sessions have been specifically designed in alignment with the Royal Government of Cambodia’s National Youth Policy priorities.

Opening Session:

A high-level delegation of the Royal Government of Cambodia and the UN will inaugurate the event with political statements to set the scene of 2-day dialogue and strategic direction for future action on youth employment.

Introductory Session:

Introduction to youth employment in Cambodia and challenges Cambodian young people face in the labour market, highlighting the present labour trends in the country, skills mismatch, lack of opportunities and constraints to setting up businesses. A key message on youth employment will be delivered by model young.  

Session One:

This session, moderated by ILO will look at challenges facing youth in the Cambodian labour market. It will begin with a three minute video featuring young Cambodians discussing the issues they find important for their present and future employment. This will be followed by a lively panel discussion conducted similarly to a television show.

Session Two:

This session, moderated by UNDP will look at the good practices for promoting Youth Employment. This will be presented through panelists who will individually showcase the best practices for Youth Employment in accordance with their national and international experience.  A series of Q&A will then take place with the audience and also via text messages displayed on the big screen.

Session Three:

Moderated by the Cambodia Federation of Employers and Business Association (CAMFEBA), Session Three is to be modeled on a presidential debate. Presentations will be made on Green Jobs, Tourism and Private sector growth in advance of a debate including audience questions.

 Session Four:

Session Four will be moderated by the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training. This final session will take the form of group work where an action plan on Youth Employment will be produced encompassing all of the outputs of the previous sessions and strategies for productive youth employment for Cambodia will be developed. This fourth and final session will focus one of key outputs expected at the end of the forum which is an action plan or outline of an action plan on Youth Employment in line with the government’s National Policy on Cambodian Youth Development.

 Closing Session:

 H.E. Men Sam An, Deputy Prime Minister, will make a key note address at the closing session of the event. She will also sign the second key output of the forum, a joint statement on Youth Employment by the Royal Government, the United Nations and the ILO.  The session is facilitated by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.


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