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Somalia to regulate labour and employment rights for the first time in decades

Hiiraan Online
Thursday September 5, 2019

MOGADISHU (HOL) - Somalia will for the first time in decades be able to regulate labour and employee right, thanks to a newly formed tripartite committee formed by the ministry of Labour.

Labour minister Sadik Hirsi Warfa announced Thursday the formation of the committee following a meeting with the Somali Chamber of Commerce and International Labour Organisation (ILO) officials in Mogadishu.

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According to the minister, the committee will build on the framework to boost job creation, develop labour progress policy and ensure the national labour policies are in line with international labour laws.

“Following the sacrifice and efforts of many stakeholders, we successfully formed this tripartite committee. This is a good step in improving the economy, facilitate job creation and protect employee rights.

Somalia completed the National Employment Policy for Somalia February this year.

The policy focuses on three priority areas namely strengthening private sector and promoting SMEs; supporting productive economic sectors for job creation and strengthening labour market governance.

The meeting was also attended by the chairman of Somali commerce chamber, Abdi Abshir Dhore, and the general Secretary of Federation of Somali Trade Unions (FESTU), Omar Faruq Osman.
Somalia joined the ILO as the last country in 2013.

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