Global Network of Cities, Local and Regional Government and ILO organize South-South event on the informal sector in Maputo

Press release | 16 November 2012
ILO joined the Global Network of Cities, Local and Regional Government (UCLG) on 8 November in organizing a peer learning activity in Maputo, Mozambique, on the informal economic sector in Maputo, and more specifically the conditions of informal vendors in the city.

Participants included representatives of the local authorities of the capital city and other cities in the country. Conceived as a South-South and triangular cooperation initiative, the event saw presentations by representatives of the cities of Durban (South Africa), Belo Horizonte and Porto Alegre (Brazil).

The discussion focused on the current situation of the informal sector in Maputo and how to improve it in terms of health and social vulnerability. The representative of the authorities of Durban gave a presentation on the tranformation of an important market in Warwick. The ILO presented a study of women working in the informal sector, showing gender differences in access to health, security, resources and education. The municipal authorities of Durban and of Belo Horizonte have worked with the ILO in improving access to decent work in the informal sector, and their experience was highlighted.

At its conclusion the workshop adopted a roadmap, committing to the development and implementation of South-South and triangular cooperation between local authorities in the area of local economic development and decent work. This roadmap will be submitted to the Local and Regional Leaders World Summit to be held during the next UCLG Congress (Rabat, 1-4 October 2013).