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ILO African Regional Meeting to accelerate the implementation pace of the Decent Work Agenda in the continent

African leaders, labour ministers, social partners, experts and development partners from 54 countries will discuss ways to accelerate the implementation of the Decent Work Agenda for Africa 2007-15 and respond efficiently to a jobless economic recovery, at a meeting of the International Labour Organization (ILO) which opens here on 11 October.

Comunicado de prensa | 10 de octubre de 2011

Johannesburg (ILO news) - African leaders, labour ministers, social partners, experts and development partners from 54 countries will discuss ways to accelerate the implementation of the Decent Work Agenda for Africa 2007-15 and respond efficiently to a jobless economic recovery, at a meeting of the International Labour Organization (ILO) which opens here on 11 October.

The 12th African Regional Meeting which takes place for the first time in South Africa will be attended by President Jacob Zuma of the Republic of South Africa and Minister Mildred Oliphant, South African Minister of Labour as well as President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and current Chairperson of the African Union, Mr. Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo, Prime Minister of the Republic of Togo and Mr. Juan Somavia, Director-General of the International Labour Office.

The recent political and social uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have brought to the fore the daunting problem of youth unemployment in a number of African countries – many of which are battling with youth unemployment rates among the highest in the world.

The regional platform - hosted by South Africa - is being held at a critical time when African economies have been resilient to the global financial and economic crisis. However, the rebound of economic growth across the region has still not managed to reduce poverty, unemployment and underemployment.

A major challenge to Africa’s development strategy is the pace of recovery in the continent’s trading and development partners. Sustainable recovery in Africa will continue to be threatened unless there is recovery in the European Union and North America economies. One of the policy challenges for Africa in the global post-crisis economic recovery is the adoption of a framework that allows coherence between the objectives of growth and the generation of employment and decent work.

This African Regional Meeting will further review and discuss – with key participants from the UN Economic Commission for Africa, African Union, UN agencies, European Union, African Development Bank, World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), donor countries, trade unions, the private sector, civil society organizations - a variety of policy recommendations, including:

Note for the media:

For further Information, interview requests and photo ops, please contact:

  • Mr. Guebray Berhane, ILO Regional Office for Africa: guebray@ilo.org, Tel: + 27847031263 – www.ilo.org/africa
  • Ms Boshigo Matlou, ILO Pretoria Office, matlou@ilo.org, Tel: +2778/970-0962

Más información

Unidad responsable: Departamento de Comunicación (DCOMM)

Referencia: ILO/11/73

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