ILO and Ivorian Government agreed for organizing the 14th African Regional Meeting in Abidjan in December 2019

On October 3, 2019, the ILO and the Government of Côte d'Ivoire signed an agreement to hold the 14th African Regional Meeting of the ILO in Côte d'Ivoire from 3 to 6 December 2019

News | 03 October 2019
Abidjan,– Côte d'Ivoire will host, from 3rd to 6th December 2019, the 14th African Regional Labour Meeting. The Government of Côte d'Ivoire and the International Labour Organization (ILO), respectively represented by the Minister of Employment and Social Protection and the Regional Director of the ILO for Africa signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the organization of the continental meeting on Ivorian soil.

"The 14th African Regional Meeting will bring together the tripartite constituents of the International Labor Organization, representatives of governments, employers 'and workers' organizations as well as the labour stakeholders in Africa, to discuss on the basis of the report of the Director-General of the ILO and the 2015 Addis Ababa Declaration, the progress made by African countries over the last four years in decent work policies on the continent, " explained Ms Cynthia Samuel-Olonjuwon, Director of the ILO Regional Office for Africa.

“This African Conference will seek to adopt a concrete roadmap for the next 10 years and beyond, with sub regional and country-specific decent work programs, in line with Africa's common position on sustainable development”, she continued, referring to the relevance of the regional conference in the light of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and the African Union Agenda 2063.

ILO Africa with Ivorian constituents following the agreement signing
For the Cote d’Ivoire government side, the Minister of Employment and Social Protection who signed the agreement reaffirmed the commitment of the Ivorian authorities to offer all the assistance necessary for the smooth running of the regional meeting.

"By hosting the 14th African Regional Meeting, the Government of Côte d'Ivoire, supported by the social partners, intends to reaffirm its commitment to support the ILO in promoting the values of dignity, freedom, dialogue and socio-economic progress so dear to this organization for a hundred years now. This is why all the ministries and social partners involved in organizing this important African meeting have been working closely with the ILO for several months, "said Abinan Kouakou, Minister of Employment and Social Protection.

“The President of Cote d’Ivoire, His Excellency Mr Alassane Ouattara, will take an active part to the meeting, including participating in the presidential panel on a better future of work for Africa, which will be one of the highlights of the meeting”, he added.

More than 400 delegates and experts from the world of work in Africa are to participate to the meeting, marking the culmination of the ILO's centennial celebrations, as the United Nations specialized agency for the world of work was created in 1919. This year, the ILO also commemorates 60 years of operations in Africa as its first office in the region was established in 1959 in Lagos, Nigeria.