Bilateral labour agreement negotiation

ILO and Ethiopian government helped build the capacity of government officials in negotiating bilateral negotiations.

Press release | 14 November 2018
Addis Ababa (ILO News):  ILO and the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs work together to build the capacity of diplomats and senior officials in negotiation of bilateral labour agreements in order to improve  governance of labour migration, promote and protect the rights of migrant workers, as well as enhance migration and development linkages. 

Bilateral labour agreements have gained prominence as tools facilitating the cross-border movement of workers. Accordingly under Overseas Employment Proclamation 923/2016 the Government of Ethiopia has made it mandatory to have bilateral agreement with destination country in order to send migrants to any destination country. As these agreements will continue to ensure continued access to overseas labour markets and opportunities to promote the protection and welfare of Ethiopian migrant workers. Therefore, it was felt critical to enhance the capacity of Ethiopian missions and senior Government officials.

The training aims at providing advanced knowledge and enhance the capacity of Ethiopian Senior Officials and Diplomats on negotiating bilateral labour agreements for better protection of Ethiopian migrants in the Middle East. This training aspires to reinforce the negotiation skills and techniques of officials in the adoption and follow up of bilateral and/or multilateral agreements.
H.E. Dr. Aklilu Hailemicheal State Minister for Business and Diaspora Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia opened the training. All Head of Mission and Consuls for Diaspora Affairs of all Ethiopian missions’ in the Middle East and Gulf Countries as well as other senior officials from MOFA and MOLSA attended the training.

In his statement at the opening of the training, H.E. Dr. Aklilu Hailemicheal, noted the challenges faced by Ethiopian migrants in the Middle East and Gulf Countries and highlighted the importance of such capacity building initiatives in order to enhance the capacity of Ethiopian mission’s. He further highlighted the importance of a sound BLA that better protect the rights, dignity and working conditions of Ethiopia migrant workers in the Middle East and Gulf countries. He further noted about the multi-dimensional aspects of migration and MOFA’s effort to nurture its partnerships with ILO and other development actors in enhancing effectiveness of labour migration governance in the country. He further underlined the importance of strengthening legal migration pathways to enhance the positive contribution of migration to development.

ILO through its project on improving labour migration governance to protect migrant workers and combat irregular migration in Ethiopia, which is funded by United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) provides support to returned migrants to secure productive employment and decent work.