Ramaphosa honoured with ILO top responsibility

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Colleta Dewa

Johannesburg - The International Labour Organisations’s Global Commission on the Future of Work has chosen South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa to co-chair the organisation together with the Prime Minister of Sweden, Stefan Löfven.

ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, expressed gratitude over South Africa’s commitment to the organisation as well as Ramaphosa’s acceptance of the responsibility.

“I am delighted that President Ramaphosa has accepted to co-chair the Global Commission on the Future of Work. South Africa and the ILO have a very close relationship, and I am sure that the South African President will bring to the Commission’s work the values of freedom and dialogue that he has defended his whole life. They are key to the future of work we want and a global economy that works for all,” said Ryder.

Ramaphosa replaces Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, former President of the Republic of Mauritius, who resigned as chair earlier this year.

He joined the top-level Commission on the Future of Work set up by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in 2017.

President Ramaphosa, who attended the Commission’s meeting in Geneva last week, stressed the need for the world to prioritise the new world of work in addressing today’s challenges.

“The Global Commission is grappling with one of the most important and pressing challenges of the modern global economy. If we are to improve the lives of people across the world, we need to prepare collectively for a new world of work,” said Ramaphosa.

As co-chair of the Global Commission on the Future of Work, president Ramaphosa will work with Löfven to oversee the preparation of a major report on the future of work which will be published in early 2019.  

The Commission was set up under the ILO’s Future of Work Centenary Initiative, launched by the ILO Director-General in 2013.

The global body is poised to make recommendations for a rapidly transforming world of work.

The global body is assessing the rapid transformations taking place in the world of work, and identifying the key challenges and what must be done to make the future of work better and fairer.

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