In January, the Centre hosted a high-level delegation from Mozambique composed of representatives from the Ministry of Labour, and workers’ and employers’ organizations, as part of a UN project to promote Decent Work in Mozambique, financed by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
The project is intended to:
- promote social dialogue between the Government of Mozambique, local mining communities and Italian Multinational Enterprises (MNE) with mining investments in the country, and
- to facilitate the creation of decent jobs for young women and men in local communities hosting these investment projects.
The study tour’s main objective was to provide participants with information on concrete experiences in Italy and other countries and ILO’s proposals, and to reflect and discuss how these should be applied in Mozambique.
During the week, the delegation visited the Cave Germaire, an example of successful interaction between the mining sector and the environment, a vocational training centre, ENAIP, and a small enterprise with good practice in social dialogue and participatory management.
"The aim of the visit”, says the coordinator of the ILO programme in Mozambique Igor Felice “is to implement proposals to enable development policies in Mozambique, related to the launch of important mining activities in the north of the country. The challenge is to find ways to ensure environmental and social sustainability in a natural area where huge deposits of natural gas were recently discovered".