ILO Director General arrives in Zambia

ILO Director-General Guy Ryder

Director General of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Guy Ryder has arrived in Zambia for a two day working visit.

Mr. Ryder, who arrived last night, was welcomed at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport by Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Security Rayford Mbulu.

He is in the country to strengthen the already cordial relations existing between ILO and the Zambian government.

Mr. Ryder said he wants to learn how ILO can assist the country on labour related issues.

The ILO Director General is this morning expected to pay a courtesy call on President Michael Sata and First Lady Dr. Christen Kaseba at State House.

While in the country, Mr. Ryder will witness the launch of the Zambia jobs portal, an initiative of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security.

He is also expected to launch two UN joint programmes aimed at promoting the creation of more and better jobs.

The two programmes are the Zambia green jobs programme funded by the Finnish government and the rural youth employment funded by the government of Sweden and food security programme

The Zambia green jobs programme is expected create 5,000 jobs by 2017 while the other two programmes are expected to facilitate the creation of about 3000 jobs.