National workshop on promoting social dialogue on pension reform in public administration in Liberia

The ILO’s Governing Body, in its 304th Session, requested the Sectoral Activities Department (SECTOR) to hold three national workshops on promoting social dialogue on pension reform in public administration during the 2010-11 biennium, to be held in countries of different regions.

The purpose of the Workshop held in Monrovia on 12-14 October 2010 was to assist in capacity building efforts and gather the constituents’ points of view regarding the components of a contributory pensions system in the public services and the usefulness of social dialogue in this process. The participants discussed the baseline report prepared by SECTOR and submitted their suggestions for improvement, based on their own experience.
The participants identified, in a brainstorming session, five groupings of issues to be addressed through social dialogue in the following order of priority:

- Issues of National Laws / Policy
- Issues of Social Dialogue
- Issues of Participation
- Issues of Representation
- Issues of Capacity

The ILO has engaged in several activities in Liberia, including poverty reduction and promoting the world’s first Decent Work Bill. After decades of unrest among civil servants and a prolonged civil war, strengthening sectoral social dialogue will add value to the ILO’s activities in Liberia.