Ethiopia’s 100th anniversary of ILO membership celebrated

Ethiopia’s 100th anniversary of International Labour Organization (ILO) membership celebrated with a National Labour Conference in Addis Ababa.

Press release | 04 December 2023
Guest of Honours from left to right: State Minister Nigussu Tilahun, ILO Regional Director Fanfan Rwanyindo Kayirangwa, Minister of Labour and Skills Muferihat Kamil and State Minister Assegid Getachew
ADDIS ABABA (ILO News) - Ethiopia’s 100th anniversary of International Labour Organization (ILO) membership celebrated with a National Labour Conference in Addis Ababa.

The conference is organised by the ILO in collaboration with its partners: the Ministry of Labour and Skills (MoLS) of Ethiopia, Confederation of Ethiopian Trade Unions (CETU), Confederation of Ethiopian Employers Association (CEEA), and Confederation of Ethiopian Employers Federation (CEEF).

Unveiling the commemorative plaque
The High-Level Conference commemorates Ethiopia's ILO Centenary by reflecting on the ILO and tripartite partners' accomplishments in advancing social dialogue, decent work, enhanced productivity, and inclusive growth. Additionally, the forum will prioritise the agenda of Employers’ and Workers’ Affairs, fostering a collaborative platform for stakeholders in the world of work.

High-Level Government delegates from MoLS, ILO, Workers’ and Employers' organizations, the African Union, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the South Africa Development Community (SADC), and diplomatic missions were in attendance. Additionally, academicians, prominent organization leaders, as well as other individuals with practical experience in labour issues and policy development also participated and shared their insights.

H.E Ms Muferihat Kamil, Minister of Labour and Skills, Ethiopia
Speaking at the opening event, H.E. Ms Muferihat Kamil, Minister of MoLS said, this important milestone confirms Ethiopia’s commitment to bring Industrial Peace and increase productivity through Social Dialogue. The National Labour Conference brings together government, Employers’ and Workers' organizations, & policymakers for discussion & innovative ideas to improve the labour administration in Ethiopia.”

Fanfan Rwanyindo Kayirangwa, Regional Director for Africa and Assistant Director-General, ILO
Regional Director for Africa, Fanfan Rwanyindo, for her part said: "As we celebrate Ethiopia's 100th Anniversary of ILO membership and National Labour Conference 2023, we reflect not just on history, but also on partnerships that have shaped the landscape of decent work & social justice”.

Kassahun Follo, President of Confederation of Ethiopian Trade Unions
Kassahun Follo, President of President of Confederation of Ethiopian Trade Unions appreciates ILO for working with tripartite partners around setting international labour standards, encouraging decent work, ensuring social protection, & enhancing labour relations in Ethiopia.

Mr Dawit Moges, First Vice President, Confederation of Ethiopian Employers Association
Mr Dawit Moges, First Vice President, Confederation of Ethiopian Employers Association for his part said: "When social dialogue becomes a culture at workplace and increase productivity, it enables us to advance social justice."

Eng. Getahun Hussein, President of Confederation of Ethiopian Employers Federations
Eng. Getahun Hussein, President of Confederation of Ethiopian Employers Federations states: "This High-Level conference will create a platform to discuss & explore activities, successes, accomplishments, challenges, & notable practices that Ethiopia has experienced since becoming a member of the ILO.”


Dr. Ramiz Alakbarov, UN Resident Coordinator for Ethiopia
“Great to join celebration of Ethiopia’s 100th anniversary of ILO membership. The celebration represents the rich history and multilateralism in advancing productive employment, workplace security & social protection. The Decent Work Agenda is critical to achieve the SDGs”, said Dr. Ramiz Alakbarov, UN Resident Coordinator in Ethiopia.

Ethiopia joined the International Labour Organization on September 28, 1923, making it one of the early African countries to become a member of the organization. Ethiopia’s membership in the ILO reflects the country’s commitment to promoting social justice, decent work, and inclusive development both within the country and at the global level. The membership provides Ethiopia with a platform to actively engage in shaping policies discussing on issues related to labour and employment, thus contributing significantly to the broader objective of advancing social justice and promoting decent work for all.

Throughout the last 100 years, Ethiopia's labour administration has advanced significantly, with a greater emphasis on a rights-based approach. This progress has resulted in the strengthening of labour laws, overseas employment proclamation and enforcement mechanisms, which has supported the protection of Ethiopian workers' rights at home and abroad. Moreover, these efforts have encouraged social dialogue among employers, workers, and the government, fostering better labour relations in Ethiopia.

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Ejeta, Homa Mulisa, Sr Communication and Information Management Asst
ILO Addis-Ababa Country Office
Email: ejeta@ilo.org