The Minister of Employment, Labour and Social Security, Mohamed Rahman Swaray, has met with the International Labour Organization (ILO)’s Regional Director for Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ghana and Nigeria, Madam Vanessa Phala, in a courtesy call visit.
Madam Phala, who was delighted to meet Mr. Swaray for the first time, said that the ILO has been rendering huge support to Sierra Leone, through programmes it implements through the Ministry of Employment, Labour and Social Security.
She said that they have been able to smoothly deliver their programmes in Sierra Leone through a tripartite approach with The Sierra Leone Labour Congress and the Sierra Leone Chamber of Commerce.
She outlined completed and ongoing projects in the country, adding that the DWCP is a vehicle through which the ILO provides support for partner states.
“We are very proud of Sierra Leone’s strides in meeting International Labour Standards, which are at the core of ILO’s interventions. We look forward to working with you to further strengthen our partnership,” Madam Phala stated.
The Minister, while appreciating the Director for her visit, also thanked her for her efforts in ensuring that Sierra Leone’s voting rights status at the ILO were restored.
He said that the labour law review process, which has seen the enactment of three out of six labour laws, was very necessary, noting that most of the laws were too old for purpose.
“You are one of our key partners in achieving the President’s agenda of creating 500,000 jobs for Sierra Leoneans. We look forward to a continuous smooth partnership with you,” the Minister said.