(left) Deputy Division Manager for Toyota Libya, Mr Abdulrahiem Muftah and (right) UNDP Country Director in Libya, Mr. Sultan Hajiyev. Photo: ©UNDP

Under the European Union (EU) funded “Strengthening Local Capacities for Resilience and Recovery’ project, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Toyota Libya signed an agreement today in Tripoli to provide young Libyan people with three-month vocational training on car maintenance and repairing, computer skills and English, among other disciplines. The partnership aims to help the country to cope with the rising unemployment among recent graduates and promote decent jobs.

The initiative is framed within Discover Your Talent, a programme that Toyota Libya has been implementing since 2012 as part of its corporate social responsibility component for the country. With UNDP and EU support, Toyota Libya will take onboard in the programme this year a new batch of 20 trainees, mainly Internal Displaced Persons (IDPs), to develop their skills and improve their chance to find a job. In the next years, more youth will benefit from this agreement, since the parties agreed on a long-term cooperation.

During the signature ceremony, the Deputy Division Manager for Toyota Libya, Mr Abdulrahiem Muftah, stated: “We would like to express our sincerely thanks to UNDP Libya team. We worked [together] very hard to prepare this memorandum which bring us to this day of signing. We appreciate all effort of UNDP in supporting Libyan people and we look forward for more cooperation with UNDP in other sectors."

On his part, UNDP Country Director in Libya, Mr. Sultan Hajiyev, declared: “It is my privilege to welcome Toyota Libya Senior Manager to UNDP Libya. This memorandum will start a new avenue of cooperation that will allow us to join efforts on helping the people of the country.  SDGs are of paramount importance for UNDP globally. One of the Sustainable Development Goals is about partnership, and the document we signed today is example of such partnerships improving lives of people who need it most. It is a continuation of very fruitful relations between UNDP and Toyota, which started in Iraq and we hope this experience will further strengthen and support this cooperation.”

‘Strengthening Local Capacities for Resilience and Recovery’ project is funded by the EU and implemented by UNDP in partnership with the Ministry of Local Governance and Tripoli, Sabratha, Sebha, Murzuq, Benghazi and AlKufra municipalities. The Republic of Korea also contributes to the project to improve services delivery in Ajdabiya, East Libya.  The project aims at helping local authorities to restore essential services delivery, community security, and livelihoods opportunities and local economic recovery. This partnership with Toyota follows UNDP experience on enhancing private sector to be a transformative actor in development trajectory in local communities.

For more information please contact: Hilaria Espin, Hilaria.espin@undp.org

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