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[Published: Wednesday September 03 2008]

Liberiato host forum on proper jobs in Africa

Monrovia,4 Sep  (ANA)  Liberia is to host a high-level forumon creating opportunities for Africas labour force to obtain decent andproductive employment from September 8 to 9.

The Monrovia Forum on Decent Work aims to promote conditionsof freedom, equity, security and human dignity in employment for African workers.

Representatives from governments, employers and workersassociations, the donor community, the private sector and civil society organisationswill attend the gathering here, which is supported by Realising Rights (RR):The Ethical Globalisation Initiative and the International Labour Organisation(ILO).

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and RealisingRights President, Mary Robinson, will attend the forum, the first of its kindin Africa.

The right to good working conditions and sufficient incometo sustain a decent life in Africa will be at the heart of the debates amongparticipants from several countries.

Discussions will also focus on a wide range of issues affectingAfrican countries, including the challenges of promoting decent work approachesand practical examples of post-conflict reconstruction and job creation.

Participants will also look at policies to promoteemployment and economic growth, gender dimensions of employment, job-intensiveinvestment approaches for reconstruction and recovery, social protection andsafety nets as well as social dialogue.

The two-day forum will serve primarily as a platform whereparticipants will review and share policies and programmes for realising decentwork at the national level, said Mrs Robinson, former UN Human Rights Commissioner.

It will encourageconcrete plans by the different stakeholders for taking forward the decent workagenda in Liberia and, potentially, elsewhere in Africa.

Participants will also visit some of the project sites inLiberia to get first-hand information and measure the impact of how policiescan translate into benefits among workers at the grassroots level.

One of the main outcomes we expect from the forum is adecent work programme for Liberia, emphasised Liberias Labour Minister,Samuel Kofi Woods II.

It is important that these discussions offer increasedbenefits on the ground, where formal and informal jobs for people in Liberia,and across the continent, will lead to improvement in working and living conditions,he said.

In marking the 60th anniversary of the UniversalDeclaration of Human Rights this year, the Every Human Has Rights campaignis featuring the theme of Decent Work in September. (ANA)

DD/ANA/4 September 2008 ---

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