Paris Conference Workshop, June 2019

The Jordan Garment Alliance participated in a global conference on the role of the private sector in the economic integration of refugees, co-hosted by the World Bank Group, the Confederation of Danish Industry, and the European Investment Bank and brought together stakeholders from across the public and private sectors in order to collaboratively establish new concepts in relation to mobilization, linkage, finance and resources to extend amplified support to refugees. The conference was centered around four core themes of entrepreneurship, investment, employment, as well as services & products, which bear crucial importance towards effective and smooth integration into host-communities, whereby panels were held to discuss and place emphasis on each theme. The entrepreneurship theme discussed on how to support refugee entrepreneurship opportunities and innovation through the provision of focused start-up and training programs. The investment theme explored the mobilization of capital and financing to refugee communities as well as finance instruments to the benefit of refugees, while the employment theme discussed the integration of refugees into various sectors such as the garment industry of Jordan, and the amendment of policies to reflect upon this inclusion. The final theme on products

services explored how businesses could provide tailored approaches that could facilitate the integration of refugees through business model redesign. JGATE as the secretariat of the Alliance, in cooperation with the Jordan Trade Union of Workers have taken an active role within the employment theme workshop through a case study presentation on how to prepare the labor market for employing refugees. The case study highlighted the labor requirements of the garment industry, and further described how both parties collaborated by establishing a well-functioning sectoral social dialogue to address the employment of refugees through effective collective bargaining.

Building on the general lessons drawn from the aforementioned panels, a collective effort was conducted to draft a Charter of Good Practice, which ultimately serves to guide the private sector, government representatives, and development actors in their work on mobilizing private sector employment, capital, and innovative solutions in support of refugees and their host populations.

 

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