Message from Minister for Work to mark 1st May

Jose A�ngel Borico Moises, Minister for Work, Employment Promotion and Social Security, has sent the working population of Equatorial Guinea, via the national media, his message marking the celebration of International Workers’ Day.

Dear Equatoguinean compatriots, all national and expat workers, ladies and gentlemen,

It is, for me, a great honour, as Minister for Work, Employment Promotion and Social Security, to address you all on the occasion of the commemoration if International Labour Day.

The International Labour Organization, every 1st May, celebrates International Labour Day, setting out guidelines for all member countries, which in turn must be adapted to their real situations. For 2017, and looking towards the centenary of the organization, in 2019, the ILO has set objectives, among others, of: “Optimizing the collection and use of data Health and safety in the workplace, in order to strengthen the pillars of a prevention culture and health”.

This is the aim towards which our ministry has been working daily, demanding compliance with the laws regulating prevention and labour safety, because in addition to falling within the framework of the principles and values of decent work, it is also a way of reducing costs due to working days lost. In this and other objectives, the Ministry will remain vigilant and demand strict compliance with the established regulations.

Furthermore, in our Country, and at this time when our labour market needs rapid transformation and adaptation to the second phase of our National Plan for Diversification and Economic and Social Development, the outline for which can be traced back to the National Economic Conference from 2007, and from that moment, and coinciding with the peak and surge in the price of petroleum, the large infrastructures were created, among them: the electricity supply, roads, buildings, ports, airports, housing, and a large etc., which serves as the basis for the launch of our economic diversification, and had unprecedented repercussions in the history of our labour market, with respect to the creation of posts throughout the nation in all areas of our productive fabric.

Following the culmination of this phase, there has been a steep reduction in personnel, with the loss of many jobs. However, in order to mitigate the consequences and the social effects of this situation, the Government has defined various strategies in order to successfully face the industrialization phase.

For that reason, and without prejudice to maintaining the 12th October professional occupational training centres in Malabo and Bata, which have a long tradition, the following centres have been built:

-San Jose Obrero de Adjab (Bata)

-Eulogio Oyo Riquesa in Baney

-Ciriaco Tamarite Burgos in Annobon

-and the construction of the centre in Djibloho, the work on which has begun

These, and others which will continue to be built in the rest of the provincial capitals, will serve to implement and develop the best knowledge and techniques in the various branches of production, in accordance with modern times.

As a culmination, the Government, thinking about the talent and creativity of the young people studying in the various training centres, has created within the Ministry for Work, Employment Promotion and Social Security, the new Directorate General for Cooperatives, in order to boost the promotion of the creation of guilds and cooperatives which are capable of managing and absorbing for themselves the measures that the Government is placing at their disposal, thus creating a national production fabric which is capable of generating self-employment and employing others.

As such, young Equatoguineans, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of the Republic, Head of State and of the Government, President Founder of the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea, is calling for the Training of Guinean youth, on whose shoulders rests the future of this Country.

Finally, I wish to thank all the companies, workers, both male and female, both national and expat, who contribute through their efforts towards the construction of this modern Equatorial Guinea, via the guidelines and wise pointers of the Great Architect for a forever improving Equatorial Guinea”.

Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea

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