ILO DG dates Zambia

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International Labour Organisation (ILO) Director General, Guy Ryder is tomorrow expected to arrive in Zambia for an official visit.


Mr. Ryder, who will be in the country from the 10th to 12th December, is expected to among other engagements,  pay a courtesy call on President Michael Sata and First Lady Dr. Christine Kaseba at State house.


This is contained in a statement made available to ZANIS in Lusaka today by the public relations unit of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security.


According to the statement, Mr. Ryder will also sign Zambia’s second decent work country programme (DWCP).


As part of the implantation of the DWC, Mr. Ryder will further witness the launch of the Zambia jobs portal, an initiative under the Ministry of Labour and Social Security.


The statement indicates that Mr. Ryder’s visit to Zambia is significant because it was the first time the country was receiving a Director General of ILO since becoming a member of the organisation in 1964.


Zambia is also among the few countries that Mr. Ryder will be visiting since his appointment as Director General in October, 2012.


He is also expected to launch two UN joint programmes promoting the creation of more and better jobs, namely Zambia green jobs programme funded by the government of Finland to create 5,000 new green jobs by 2017.


The statement further states that the rural youth empowerment and food security programme funded by the government of Sweden will facilitate the creation of at least 3,000 new jobs for the young people.


In June 2012, the ILO adopted a resolution calling for immediate, targeted and renewed action to tackle the youth employment crisis in Zambia.


Mr. Ryder will during his visit, host a youth meeting under the theme, “challenges and aspirations of young Zambians.”


On the final day of his visit, Mr. Ryder will engage in a dialogue on more and better jobs in the country’s mining sector at a forum which will include the chamber of mines and the Ministry of Labour and Social Security.