The Union for the Mediterranean Secretariat organized a workshop on Informal Business Integration at its premises in Barcelona on 18 March 2019. The workshop focused on two interrelated thematics, namely the Role of Social Dialogue and the Protection of Women, Young People and Vulnerable Groups in a context of informality.
The workshop brought together multiple stakeholders from different sectors across the labour market and the employment landscape to exchange views and experiences, share best practices and lessons learned, and present recommendations on how to tackle the transition to formal economy using multidisciplinary and integrated approaches. Perspectives from international organizations, public administrations, NGOs, private sector representatives and social partners were presented throughout the workshop.
Around 2 billion people around the globe work informally, most of them in emerging and developing countries, including a 68.8% in the Arab World.