National High Level Tripartite Symposium on “Mitigating the present Economic and Job Crisis through Decent Work and Social Dialogue”

What began as a crisis in finance markets has rapidly become a global jobs crisis. Unemployment is rising. The number of working poor is increasing. Businesses are going under. Concern is growing over the balance, fairness and sustainability of the sort of globalization we have had in the run up to the financial crash.

Press release | 23 April 2009

What: National High Level tripartite Symposium on “Mitigating the present Economic and Job Crisis through Decent Work and Social Dialogue”

Why: To share experiences, best practices on how efficiently we can respond to the financial and economic crisis

What began as a crisis in finance markets has rapidly become a global jobs crisis. Unemployment is rising. The number of working poor is increasing. Businesses are going under. Concern is growing over the balance, fairness and sustainability of the sort of globalization we have had in the run up to the financial crash.

High level experts, decision makers and executives from the private sector will gather to discuss the key issues and work towards tangible outputs.

Three papers will be presented:

Paper 1: Macro, fiscal and labour market policies for growth and resilience to the global economic crisis, by Ato Getachew Adem, Head, Development Planning & Research Department, Ministry of Finance and Economic Development

Paper 2: Private sector response to the impact of the global economic and financial crisis: The Case of Ethiopia, by Ethiopian Economic Association

Paper 3: Strengthening Employment policies through social dialogue to promote employment and social justice, by Ms. Sabrina De Gobbi, Research Economist, ILO Geneva.

Who: H.E. Ato Hassan Abdella, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs (MOLSA)

Ato Kassahun Folo, President of the Confederation of Ethiopian Trade Unions

Ato Tadele Yimer, President of Ethiopian Employers Federation

Dr. Jean Ping, Chairman AU Commission

Mr. Abdoulie Janneh, Executive Secretary of the ECA

Mr. Fidele Sarassoro, UN Resident Coordinator

Mr. Charles Dan, ILO Regional Director for Africa

Mr. George Okutho, ILO Director of Sub Regional Office for Eastern Africa

When: 23 April 2009 at 08:30am until 1:00pm

Where: Conference Room 2, United Nations Conference Centre (UNECA)

Background information:

The International Labour Organization, representing actors of the real economy, that is governments, working together with representatives of employers and workers organizations, is playing its mandate within the UN and multilateral system to support its constituents as they seek to weather the crisis, prepare for recovery and shape a new fair globalization. The Decent Work Agenda provides the policy framework to confront the crisis.

The Sub Regional Office for Eastern Africa is leveraging it 90th Anniversary Celebration to highlight the importance for women and men to have the opportunities to obtain work in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity which is being erroded by the financial and economic crisis.

For media coverage, interviews and photos:

Guebray Berhane, ILO Regional Office for Africa, guebray@ilo.org

Tel: + 251/115-444415 or + 251/911-218115

Rahel Kebede, rahel@ilo.org

Tel: + 251/115/444454 or + 251/911-218113

The ILO is dedicated to bringing Decent Work to the people of all countries. For more information you can view a short Web movie.