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High level tripartite symposium on the theme "Mitigating the Present Economic and Job Crisis through Decent Work and Social Dialogue"

Date 23 April 2009
Where Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The Sub Regional Office for Eastern Africa is leveraging it 90th Anniversary Celebration to highlight the importance of decent work by organizing a National High Level tripartite Symposium on “Mitigating the present Economic and Job Crisis through Decent Work and Social Dialogue”. The President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, H.E. Girma Wolde Giorgis opened the first national tripartite symposium on “Mitigating the present economic and job crisis through decent work and social dialogue” held under the auspices of the International Labour Organization (ILO) on 23 April at the UNECA Headquarters in Addis Ababa. The symposium gathered two hundred high level representatives and experts from government, workers’ and employers’ organizations, UN agencies, embassies, and NGOs. They shared best practices on how the international community can efficiently respond to the global crisis.

On the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the ILO, Africa refers to the ILO Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization, adopted unanimously in June 2008 and reaffirming that all members of the Organization should pursue policies based on strategic objectives of the Decent Work Agenda - job creation and enterprise development, social protection, social dialogue and rights at work. Discussions highlighted the need to achieve greater policy coherence and support for the Decent Work Agenda, especially in the context of the global economic crisis.

    Three major papers were presented at the symposium:
  • Paper 1: Macro, fiscal and labour market policies for growth and resilience to the global economic crisis, by Mr. 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.

The high-level panel included: 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 and Mr. George Okutho, ILO Director of Sub Regional Office for Eastern Africa.

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