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In BiH, SUNY/CID Supports Economic Growth and Workforce Development

In Zenica-Doboj Canton a growing number of businesses are seeking workers with new skills, but adults in the Canton don’t have access to certified retraining in the new skill areas. One part of the problem is that the Canton’s legal framework didn’t provide for certified retraining or education programs for adults, thus constraining the local economy and the labor market – that is, until now…

SUNY/CID’s USAID-sponsored SGIP program and its CSO partner, KULT, worked with the Cantonal Ministry for Education, Science, Culture and Sport on the Law on Adult Education for the Zenica-Doboj Canton. Once the law was prepared, the SGIP team facilitated a comprehensive public hearing process on the draft law and provided follow-up technical assistance to ensure that the final text incorporated stakeholder input. SIDA and GIZ, as well as USAID/SIDA GOLD and USAID/SIDA FIRMA, assisted by contributing expertise on economic development best practices and adult education methods during the public hearing process.

The Cantonal Assembly adopted the law on August 13, 2014 by unanimous vote. It was officially published on October 31, 2014, entered into force eight days later, and is applicable as of April 1, 2015. An initial Education Plan to implement the law is expected by March 31, 2015. SGIP has informed partners from the other donor-funded projects who participated in the public hearing process that this important law has been published. It is encouraging that the Cantonal Ministry for Education, Science, Culture and Sport has already initiated meetings with some of these potential supporters who will be instrumental in successfully implementing the legislation.

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Posted January 26, 2015