Dar es Salaam - The Government of Tanzania and the social partners – worker and employers organizations, stakeholders and the public will join the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on Saturday 14th September 2019 to celebrate its Centenary since it was found in 1919. The event, to be graced by the Prime Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania, H.E. Kassim Majaliwa Majaliwa, will include three major procedures, namely:
- Planting of 100 trees to mark 100 years of ILO at the Government City “Mji wa Serikali” at Mtumba area.
- Launch of the national apprenticeship-training programme at the Don Bosco grounds.
- Launch of the ILO’s Future of Work Report.
The ILO was found on the belief that social justice is essential to universal and lasting peace. It became the first UN specialized agency in 1946 and brings together governments, employers and workers representatives of more than 187 member States, to set labour standards, develop policies and devise programmes promoting decent work for all women and men.
Highlighting on the celebrations, the Director of the ILO Office for Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi, Mr. Wellington Chibebe said;
“As we mark the ILO’s 100 years since establishment, 60 years of its operations in Africa and 57 years in Tanzania (East Africa), we continue to be devoted to promoting social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights, pursuing the Organization’s founding mission that social justice is essential to universal and lasting peace...”
The ILO and its constituents implement the Decent work Agenda which sums up the aspirations of people in their working lives. It involves opportunities for work that is productive and delivers a fair income, security in the workplace and social protection for families, better prospects for personal development and social integration, freedom for people to express their concerns, organize and participate in the decisions that affect their lives and equality of opportunity and treatment for all women and men.
Marking the Centenary is therefore an opportunity to look back and celebrate the Organization’s history and achievements, also to look forward to its future.
The ILO Office for East Africa covering the countries of Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi was established in Dar es Salaam in 1962. Since then, the ILO has undertaken technical cooperation projects in a number of areas related to its mandate