21 October 2013

The concluding G20 Task Force on Employment Meeting

On October 18, 2013 the concluding G20 Task Force on Employment (ETF) Meeting within the year of the Russian Presidency was held at the International Labour Organization (ILO) headquarters in Geneva. The meeting was devoted to summarizing the outcomes of the Task Force's work in 2013 and considering possible ways to fulfill the tasks set forth for the ETF by the G20 Leaders at the St.Petersburg Summit.

The delegates gave high evaluation of the work and the deliverables of the ETF under the Russian Presidency and stressed the importance of the employment related commitments made in the St.Petersburg Leaders' Declaration and other final documents. High value of the Joint G20 Finance and Labour Ministers Meeting - an important innovation of the Russian Presidency - was recognized, and it was suggested that work in such format should be continued with probable participation of the Ministers of Economy.

The issues of monitoring of the labour market trends and measuring the progress already achieved by the G20 countries in implementing coordinated employment agenda and commitments were also touched upon at the meeting. The participants supported the G20 Leaders' decision to develop country specific monitoring methodologies and launch the mechanism of exchange of best practices. Creation of a best practices data base "Job creation an labour activation policies in the G20 countries" was acknowledged by the ETF as an example of successful monitoring activities in 2013,and as an important new step in progress reporting, which needs to be further developed and updated.

Representatives of the Business 20 and Labour 20 also took part in the meeting. The ETF discussed the outcomes of cooperation with the social partners on the employment agenda in 2013. The delegates were also informed by the B20 and L20 of their impressions from this year and their ideas for future cooperation.

Likewise, the ETF revised the documents prepared by international organizations and appreciated their analytical input in the G20 work on employment in 2013. The delegates welcomed the G20 Leaders' encouragement of the ILO, the OECD, and the World Bank Group to analyze recent experiences of the G20 countries in supporting job creation and identify best practices that have been most successful in creating new and better jobs.

Finally, at the meeting the ETF Co-Chairmanship was passed over to Australia and Turkey. The participants discussed the Task Force's preliminary working agenda for 2014, the format of the social partners' engagement, as well as possible priorities and deliverables.