Zambia Green Jobs Programme shares experiences and best practices on green entrepreneurship and market development for green growth at the Sustainable Enterprise Academy
Green business practices are one of the central topics of the Sustainable Enterprise Academy currently taking place at the New Government Complex in Lusaka. The five day event has brought together government officials, UN representatives, development partners, ILO tripartite partners, academia, civil society and the media from more than 14 countries to discuss and share ideas on the latest developments related to sustainable business development. The academy is jointly organised by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Training Centre of the ILO in collaboration with its tripartite constituents
The 8th edition of the Sustainable Enterprise Academy, which is taking place outside Turin, Italy for the very first time, was officially opened by Hon. Fackson Shamenda, MP, Minister of Labour and Social Security on Monday, August 31st. In his opening statement the Honourable Minister expressed gratitude to the organisers for bringing the Academy to Zambia as the topics of sustainable development and economic growth is close to the heart of the country. He further stated that he was very pleased to see youth entrepreneurship, green growth and women economic development on the agenda as these are all priorities for the Zambian government.
Designed as a highly interactive knowledge sharing forum, the Academy offers a wide range of discussion topics on how to promote sustainable entrepreneurship including market systems facilitation, leap-frogging innovation and technology for the promotion of access to finance as well as enabling policy and regulatory frameworks. The Zambia Green Jobs Programme is present throughout the five-day programme, giving presentations on green entrepreneurship, developing markets for green jobs creation as well as “speed geeking” sessions for the exchange of ideas and know-how on green growth and employment.
The promotion of sustainable enterprises is an integral part of the Decent Work Agenda of the ILO, a vision and mandate which is also reflected across the entire 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development including a specific goal to "promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all".
The ILO-led Zambia Green Jobs Programme promotes the greening of enterprises, workplace practices and labour market. These efforts create decent employment opportunities, enhance resource efficiency and build low-carbon sustainable societies.
The Academy is taking place at the New Government Complex from Monday, August 31st to Friday, September 4th in Lusaka, Zambia.