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AFRICA REGIONAL MEETING OF LABOUR STATISTICIANS IN PREPARATION FOR THE 20TH ICLS OPENS IN DAR ES SALAAM


BY
K-VIS BLOG/KHALFAN SAID
REPRESENTATIVES from more than 35 African Countries converge in Tanzanian commercial capital
Dar es Salaam in capacity-building workshop on labour statistics and Africa
Regional meeting of labour statisticians in preparation for the 20th
ICLS, to be held in Geneva, Switzerland in October, 2018.
The
regional workshop started Monday May 29, 2017 at Ramada Hotel in Dar es Salaam.

ILO’s Assistant Director General and Regional
Director for Africa, Mr. Aeneas Chuma, makes his welcoming remarks. With him is Madam Mary Kawar, Director, ILO Country Office for Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi
Speaking
on behalf of the ILO, The ILO’s Assistant Director General and Regional
Director for Africa, Mr. Aeneas Chuma, (above), said, quality statistics are increasingly
needed as the basis for sound policy advice and support to countries at a time
when the economy are changing fast.
“This
regional meeting consists of two activities of capacity-bilding workshop on labour
statistics highlighting the 19th ICLS resolution on work statistics
and regional consultation of labour statistics in preparation for the 20th
ICLS.” He explained.
Mr.Chuma
also said, The 19th ICLS resolution, which was the latest labour
statistics standard adopted in October 2013, is a core subject of the first
activity.
“I
would like to recall that, ILO, we follow a learning approach which is a
participatory and hands-on methodology emphasizing knowledge, experience and
good practice sharing. I understand such will be the approach to be used in
this meeting.” He insisted.


Mr.Anthony
Mavunde, (pictured above), is Tanzanian Deputy Minister of State in The Prime Minister’s
Office (Labour,Youth, Employment and Persons with Disability), who was the
Chief guest at the opening session.
In
his remarks, the Deputy Minister said, “We all understand that labour
statistics play an essential role in the efforts of our countries to achieve
decent work for all and for the ILO’s support to these efforts.” Said Deputy
Minister.
“These
statistics are needed for development and evaluation of policies towards this
goal and assessing progress towards decent work. They are also an important
tool for information and analysis, helping to increase understanding of common
problems, explains actions and mobilizes interest.” He said.
Mr.
Mavunde further said, improving the collection and availability of labour
statistics is an important factor in not only promoting employment creation and
improved livelihoods but also in achieving the 17 SDGs, especially Goal 8. “Promoting
sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive
employment and decent work for all.” He stated.
The
deputy minister also said, at the national level, labour market information is
particularly important to the governments and all stakeholders, for policy
formulation, planning and for monitoring and evaluation, increasingly ,
government requires labour market information to monitor  the implementation of programmes and
legislation and to monitor and evaluate economic and labor market performance.

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