Training is key for employers' organisations to improve their representation - one of the main takeaways from the ILO's workshop with the Somali Chamber of Commerce and Industry

The ILO Bureau for Employers' Activities (ACT/EMP), in partnership with the Somali Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), organised a workshop on the effective management of employers' and enterprise federations

News | 15 November 2023
In partnership with the Somali Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), a workshop on effective management of employer and business membership organisations was organised for Somali employers in Mogadishu, Somalia, 6-8 November.

The training workshop was successfully held over three days with some 15 employer representatives from SCCI and its 12 sectoral member federations and aimed to promote strong, independent and representative Employer and Business Membership Organisations (EBMOs) by focusing on capacity building in three main areas: adopting a strategic approach to organisational development and management; improving services to deliver value to existing and potential members; and strengthening the policy influence of EBMOs through evidence-based research and effective communication skills.

The workshop was opened by the President of the Somali Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr Mohamud Abdi Ali. He expressed his sincere gratitude to the ILO for its unwavering commitment to building the capacity of employers' organizations in Somalia. He underlined the importance of training to improve their representation, a fundamental aspect that requires the utmost attention of the SCCI. He concluded by stressing the paramount importance of protecting workers' rights and their responsibility and commitment as leaders and representatives of the business community to uphold the principles of fair and just employment practices.

Inspired by the training, participants emphasised the need to develop a new strategic plan for the organisation, in which they could apply what they had learned, particularly about advocacy and communication.