ILO, Ministry of Labour Tanzania delegation discusses the Country’s Decent Work Programme

Minister emphasizes on strengthened collaboration in the implementation of the Decent work Agenda

Press release | 07 November 2018

Dar es Salaam (ILO News), The Director of the ILO Country Office for Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi, Mr. Wellington Chibebe recently met with the Minister of State, Prime Minister Office Ministry of Labour, Youth, Employment and people with Disability (PMO-LYED), Tanzania, Hon. Jenister Mhagama, to discuss, among others, the implementation of the country’s Decent Work Country programme (DWCP). In attendance at the meeting, which took place in Dodoma, were senior officials from both institutions.

Among the key areas of discussion included finalization of the decent work country programme (DWCP 2019 -2023), skills development, employment policy, youth employment, promoting social protection and social dialogue, ratification of the ILO conventions, finalization of child labour strategy and HIV/AIDS at the workplace.

In her remarks Hon. Mhagama commended the ILO for working closely with the government and collaborating with other stakeholders in implementing various programmes in line with the country’s Five Year Development Plan 2017 – 2021.

“… the programmes are key for not only in supporting the government’s efforts to achieve its development plans but also for improved livelihood and income for the young women and men including people with disabilities…” she added.

On his part, Mr. Chibebe said that, working in collaboration with the government and the social partners has always been key in the implementation of the Decent Work Agenda in Tanzania and elsewhere.

“…The ILO will continue to develop and implement various programmes that augur well with the government development priorities, especially as the country aspires for industrialization and to become a middle income country by 2025...” he emphasized.

He further cited one of the programmes on workplace based skills training “Certified apprenticeship training in the hospitality industry” being executed in Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar, which helps in improving youth’s employability and facilitates them joining the labour market. To date, more than 200 youth have benefitted from the same programme.