Malawi to host East, Central and Southern Africa Employers Organisation Conference

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Malawi is, for the very first time, expected to host the East, Central and Southern Africa Employer Organisation Conference in June this year.

Maria Machailo-Ellis:Senior Employers Specialist for ILO Maria Machailo-Ellis:Senior Employers Specialist for ILO

Among others, East, Central and Southern Africa Employers Organisation conferences discuss employment for economic growth, youth empowerment, skills development, poverty alleviation, capacity building and sustainable development.

The conference will be co-organised by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and Employers Consultative Association of Malawi (ECAM), where among others, senior specialists from ILO, International Organization of Employers (IOE), SADC Private Sector Forum and Business Africa are expected to attend.

Disclosing the news during a Business Breakfast Meeting organised by ECAM on Friday in Blantyre, Senior Employers Specialist for ILO Maria Machailo-Ellis said that the aim of the conference is for member countries within the three sub-regions of Africa to come together and share experiences in as far as issues of labour and employment are concerned.

“The idea behind the conference is to come and share experiences from different private sector organisations around the three sub-regions of East, Central and Southern Africa and then to come up with decisions on how these issues can be tackled,” said Machailo-Ellis.

The ILO Specialist also expressed hope that Malawi hoping would seize the opportunity to market its tourism potentials.

“The conference is bringing representatives of business organisations from the three sub-regions. This already is promoting Malawi as a destination both for investment and for tourism because these people will go back and share their experiences in Malawi. We are hoping that Malawi will take this opportunity to showcase what Malawi has to offer as a tourist destination,” said Machailo-Elliss.

Concurring with Machailo, ECAM Executive Director George Khakhi said the issues to be discussed at the conference will be the same issues that will be tabled at ILO annual general conference.

Said Khakhi: “We are currently working on logistics, as you are aware that there are elections coming shortly. What will be discussed in this conference will be issues that will also be discussed at the International Labour Organisation annual conference in Geneva in June.”

According to Khakhi, ECAM organised the Business Breakfast Meet as one way of ensuring that his organisation was engaging its members in the programs it is currently undertaking.

ECAM was registered in 1963 under the Trustees Incorporation Act of Malawi to promote, give guidance and protect employers’ interests in labour, employment and socio-economic issues. It has a direct membership from 250 organizations, which includes 6 associations. The associations represent over 277,000 members.

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