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Libya, Tunisia discuss labor market development

Libya’s Minister of Labor Mahdi al-Amin met with his Tunisian counterpart Mohamed Trabelsi in Geneva on the sidelines of the centenary of the International Labor Organization on Saturday.

Both sides emphasized the importance of enhancing cooperation in the field of labor market training and development, while Amin said the Tunisian workers will have the priority in the Libyan employment contracts in reconstruction projects.

Libya is looking forward to deepening strategic cooperation with Tunisia in the fields of vocational training, welcoming the Tunisian workforce into the Libyan labor market, Amin added.

The ministry’s media office said the meeting came within the framework of enhancing cooperation between the two sides. During the meeting, the projects and initiatives related to labor market regulation, employment support projects, and economic development were discussed.

It was also agreed to study and activate projects and initiatives that had already been suspended due to security conditions.

Some initiatives focus on vocational training and labor market development, and others on developing strategies for managing migrant labor.

The value of trade exchange between Libya and Tunisia in 2018 increased to about $400 million, while the value of non-banking transactions between Tunisia and Libya reached about $1.2 billion.

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