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International Workers Conference Convened in Asmara

A two-day conference organized by the National Confederation of Eritrean Workers (NCEW) in collaboration with the World Confederation of Labor Unions opened in Asmara on Thursday 24 March this week.

Asmara,  26 March 2016 – A two-day conference organized by the National Confederation of Eritrean Workers (NCEW) in collaboration with the World Confederation of Labor Unions opened in Asmara on Thursday 24 March this week.

The opening session was attended by senior Eritrean government and PFDJ officials, heads of national unions, representatives of international organizations in Eritrea and invited guests.

Addressing the opening session, Eritrea’s Foreign Minister, Mr. Osman Saleh, underlined the vital role of worker’s unions in economic development and in the promotion of peace.

The Foreign Minister further explained Eritrea’s persistent effort to promote equitable distribution of resources in the interest of the people and overcoming poverty.In this connection, he noted the decisive contribution of close cooperation among labor unions to attain the set goal.

Likewise, in a speech delivered at the conference, Mr. Tekeste Baire, Secretary General of the National Confederation of Eritrean workers (NCEW) noted the significance of the present conference in coping with the common challenges that workers’ organizations are facing. In the same vein, Mr. Wellington Chibebe, ITUC Deputy General Secretary, emphasized the significance of joint efforts vis-a-vis tackling external interference and exploitation.

Also addressing the meeting, Mr. Kwasi Amankwah, General Secretary of the ITUC-Africa, pointed out that he had been closely observing the activities of Eritrean workers organization and that Eritrea is on the right path. He also noted the adverse effects of terrorist activities being perpetrated around the globe and the need for workers organizations everywhere to mount concerted opposition to such acts.

The World Confederation of Labor Unions, which groups about 200 million members, has its headquarters in Brussels city, while the African Confederation of Labor Unions is based in Lome, Republic of Togo.

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