ILO to launch a programme on advancing Decent Work and inclusive industrialization in Ethiopia

ILO is to host a launching event for the programme on advancing Decent Work and inclusive industrialization in Ethiopia.

Media advisory | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | 26 June 2019
Addis Ababa (ILO News):  The ILO in collaboration with tripartite partners namely Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Confederation of Ethiopian Trade Unions, Ethiopian Employers’ Confederation and Ethiopian Industry Employers Confederation has developed a comprehensive and coordinated programme to promote Decent Work and Inclusive Industrialization in Ethiopia.

The programme will officially be launched on 03 July 2019 at Hilton Addis Ababa Hotel, in the presence of Her Excellency Minister DR. Ergoge Tesfaye, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. Further, delegates from Confederation of Ethiopian Trade Union, Ethiopian Employers’ Confederation, Ethiopian Industry Employers’ Confederation, registered and potential factories, brands and development partners will also attend. The programme launch will also host a photo exhibition to showcase stories of factory workers.

Date:     03 July 2019
Time:     14h00-19h00
Venue:   Hilton Addis Ababa 

Background information

With an initial focus on the garment and textile industries, the ILO is engaged in a comprehensive and coordinated programme involving ILO’s key components (BetterWork, Vision Zero Fund, SCORE and LABADMIN) to promote decent work and inclusive industrialization in Ethiopia. The textile and garment industry is one of the priorities of the Ethiopian Government under the Growth and Transformation plan (GTPII) in the move of lifting Ethiopia to a middle-income country by 2025. However, poor working conditions resulting in low productivity, high turnover and absentee as well as weak regulatory institutions, coupled with the limited capacity of the workers’ and employers’ organisations, creates a poorly functioning labour market and non-competitive businesses.

The overarching development goal of the ILO programme’s strategy is to see improved respect of workers’ rights leading to greater incomes and compensation, and enhanced safety, equality, voice, and representation. The programme also aims to lift Industrial productivity and competitiveness to enable a global competitive textile and garment sector and encourage accountable and transparent government institutions.

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