The Fourth African Regional Conference of the International Labour Organisation opened in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi on Tuesday (27 November), with representatives of government, employers and workers attending form 40 countries.
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MCU Kenya Minister of State Mr. Koinange meets ILO delegates
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MV Kenyan delegates
CU Egyptian delegates
CU Minister Koinange speaks
CU Central African Republic delegate
CU Cameroon delegates
CU Algerian delegates
MV Liberian delegate
CU Ivory Coast delegate
CU Ugandan delegates
MV Niger delegates
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Background: The Fourth African Regional Conference of the International Labour Organisation opened in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi on Tuesday (27 November), with representatives of government, employers and workers attending form 40 countries.
The conference agenda includes the discussion of an ILO report on human dignity, economic growth and social injustice in Africa; the employment, status and conditions of migrant workers and other workers employed outside their home countries; and the promotion of balanced rural and urban development.
The ILO says the conference will stress the importance of human dignity and the need for fairer sharing of the benefits of economic development in Africa.
An ILO report to the conference warns that one of the greatest dangers to stability in Africa, where half the population is 20 years old or younger, could be the frustrations of young people reaching adolescence with little or no schooling, and without job training.
The report said it was clearly essential to mobilise national and international resources for vocational training on a new scale.
Another report on the agenda of the 10-day I.L.O. conference called on African countries to adopt a concerted policy to restore freedom of movement for migrant workers throughout the continent.
It said some countries had restricted employment opportunities for non-citizens and in some cases even expelled them in an attempt to protect their own nationals. It said between three and five million Africans live outside their own countries, including about one million refugees.