ILO regional director visits Zambia

International Labour Organization (ILO) Regional Director for Africa, Charles Dan arrives today (8 February 2011) in Zambia for a three day visit to participate in the 37th Africa Regional Labour Administration Centre (ARLAC) Governing Council Meeting.

According to statement issued by Sirak Gebrehiwot, the communications officer at the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office in Lusaka, the ARLAC Governing Council Meeting will take place at Mulungushi International Conference centre from 7-10 February 2011.

The Regional Director will also take part at the High Level Symposium on Elevating Labour Administration Systems to Key Contributors for Socioeconomic Development which will be held back to back with the ARLAC Governing Council Meeting for Ministers.

“Hence officials dealing with labour administration and labour inspection systems will be part of the delegation to the ARLAC Governing Council Meeting,“ reads the statement.

The ARLAC programme is designed to provide participants with a unique opportunity to explore key issues in labour administration and labour policy development.

The statement futher says, ARLAC is concerned with identifying and addressing fundamental issues that relate to social protection and the promotion of economic and social development in member countries through the labour administration function.

It says ARLAC strategically asserts itself to translate common endeavours of member countries into achievable programmes and activities within the context of a changing global workplace. ARLAC works very closely with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and advises its membership on the promotion of the application of the principles of the ILO International Labour Standards among others.

According to the programme, the Symposium will discuss issues pertaining to Labour Administration’s policy making capacity and its role in national development; Modernization of Labour Administration in the post – crisis environment; and Challenges of Labour Inspection.

During his visit, the ILO Regional Director will also meet with the Zambia Decent Work Country Programme Advisory Committee that oversees the implementation of the country programme aiming to achieve three main objectives: 1) Job Creation (particularly for women, young people and people with disabilities); 2) mitigating HIV&AIDS in the workplace; and 3) eliminating child labour particularly in its worst forms. He has also scheduled a meeting with the main ILO constituents in the country: the Government represented by Ministry of Labour and Social Security; and the employers’ and workers’ representative organizations.

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