the first lady, dominique ouattara, president of the national oversight committee for fight against trafficking, exploitation and child labour (cns) presided over the opening ceremony of a reflection workshop on the actions to be taken to meet new challenges related to the sustainable elimination of the worst forms of child labour. the ceremony took place, thursday, april 11, 2019, in the office of the first lady in the presence of mr. abinan kouakou pascal, minister of employment and social protection and president of the interministerial committee for fight against trafficking, exploitation and child labor (cim); ms. bakayoko ly ramata, minister of women, family and children and vice president of the cim, mr. yves brahima koné, director general of the coffee-cocoa council, as well as representatives of the indusries and representatives of the united nations system.
the third national plan of action (npa), which runs from 2019 to 2021, aims to take into account new challenges to better address child labour issue in côte d’ivoire. this is the main idea behind the workshop that was held from wednesday 10 to friday 12 april 2019 by the national oversight committee (cns).
according to mrs. dominique ouattara, president of cns, there is still much to be done to overcome child labour. “(…) despite the considerable progress made in recent years, through the implementation of the 2012-2014 and 2015-2017 national action plans, it is clear that there is still much to be done to eliminate this phenomenon in our country, “she said. “in spite of the efforts made by the government and its partners, some children are still forced to work in our country. others are involved into cross-border trafficking ” she added.