Minister Warfaa addresses world’s International labor conference in Geneva

Mogadishu (SONNA):-A tripartite Delegation from Somalia headed by Hon Sadik Hirsi Warfa Minister of labor and Social Affairs Federal Government of Somalia attended 108th Session of the International Labor Conference, held in Geneva Switzerland.

This year’s ILC which marks the 100th anniversary of the ILO gathered More than 5,000 delegates, and head of states from all over the world.

Addressing the centenary of the International labor conference, Minister Warfa addressed the challenges we face today, after 100 years of ILO’s existence, he urged to find innovative and decisive ways of giving hope to millions of unemployed in their quest for social justice.
Minister Warfa, also re-itterated the need to assess the gap between people’s aspirations about work and the reality ” In Somalia, we have identified the decent work deficit as a measure of that gap between the environment we work in and the hopes that Somali people have for a better life”.

Responding to the Director Generals report Minister Warfa agreed the call for a renewed social contract that encompasses all factors that are fundamental for human development as well as the need to provide workers with suitable opportunities to re-skill and up-skill.
Hon; Warfa also congratulated the ILO on its centenary, noting that it is a significant milestone for the organization and commended them to continue its unique tripartite structure.

On sideline meetings, Somali delegates headed by Minister Warfa, met with Cynthia Samuel-Olonjuwon – ILO Assistant Director General and Regional Director for Africa, discussed and agreed on reviving the development of the decent work country program as ILO framework of engagement in Somalia, they also discussed strengthening partnership and ensuring Somalia benefits from ILO expertise.

The Somalia delegation engaged in number of group meetings specific to the three individual bodies of the Tripartite Committee focusing on the ongoing concerns of the ILO relating to decent work for all and the dignity of workers and efforts to manage future changes.

This year’s ILC comes where Somalia has made significance progress in the world of work front by revisiting the Somali labor code (law no 65) 1972. The new revised labor code will govern the Somali labor force in general and seek to improve the working conditions of the Somali workers.

To respond to the chronic unemployment in Somalia, Ministry of labor and social Affairs of Somalia developed the its first National Employment Policy. The NEP is the country’s vision and a pragmatic plan for achieving a country’s employment goals.

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