The 21st Meeting of the COMCEC Poverty Alleviation Working Group (PAWG) was held on 9-10 October 2023, in Ankara, Türkiye, with the theme “Effective Vocational Education and Training Strategies to Reduce Youth Unemployment in the OIC Member Countries”.

The representatives of 12 Member States, which have notified their focal points for the Poverty Alleviation Working Group, attended the Meeting. The meeting was further attended by the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), The Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC), Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF) and COMCEC Coordination Office (CCO).

Representatives of Member States and international institutions shared their experiences, successful practices and challenges regarding the youth unemployment problem in OIC member countries and discussed how vocational training programs can be developed that can contribute to reducing youth unemployment. Participants also listened to the findings of the research report prepared specifically on the theme of the Meeting.

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