Kinshasa, April 20th, 2022 (CPA) – The Minister in charge of Employment, Labor and Social Welfare, Claudine Ndusi M’Kembe indicated on Tuesday that the implementation of the national employment and vocational training policy is becoming more an emergency in DRC, during the opening of the 1st Extraordinary Session of the 36th Session of the National Labor Council (CNT) from April 19th to 22nd, 2022, at INPP, in Limete municipality.
The Minister underlined that this policy will enable the country to adopt a human-centred approach to the future of work, in order to offer adequate protection to all workers with regard to the respect of their fundamental rights.
She thanked the President of the Republic Felix Antoine Tshisekedi who, through the Sama Lukonde government, has made the promotion of decent work one of his priority objectives.
To do this, the Ministry in charge of Employment, Labor and Social Welfare signed, in November 2021, a memorandum of understanding concerning the « Decent Work Country Program 2021-2024 » (PPTD) to demonstrate the government’s willingness to collaborate with employers’ organizations and the International Labor Organization (ILO), to support and promote decent work at the national level.
For his part, the country director of ILO, Roger Kanku maintained that with regard to the promotion of employment, his institution supported the process of formulating its operational action plan as well as the elaboration and the signature of DWCP for 2021-2024 period.
He added that the establishment at the level of the National Assembly of a specific sub-commission on employment and vocational training as well as the operational action plan of the national employment policy will be of significant support for the Higher Employment Council.
According to him, the same is true of the National Strategic Plan for Universal Health Coverage 2021-2030 which should relieve the lifestyle of the population living below the poverty line.
Participation of DRC in the 110th session of ILC
Professional employers’ organizations thanked the Minister in charge of ETPS, Claudine Ndusi, for a successful participation of DRC delegation to the 110th session of the International Labor Conference (ILC) by seeing some positive signs of the preparation of this great international meeting.
For his part, the coordinator of the National Inter-Union of Congo, Guy Kuku, noted that the points yet registered and readjusted because of the nature of this session, will be automatically resumed at the next session as agreed during the preparatory work of this session.
These are, he said, the evaluation of the recommendations of previous National Labor Councils; readjustment of the minimum wage; the law on subcontracting; tax relief for the agro-pastoral sector as well as wage policy in DRC.