Angola to open International Labour Organisation office in Luanda

Angola will open a sub-regional office of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Luanda, which will serve the Portuguese-speaking African Countries (PALOP), according to a Presidential Order published Wednesday in the Official Gazette.

According to the dispatch signed by president João Lourenço, the decision took into account that the ILO has sub-regional offices in Africa, but “none of these has Portuguese as a working language”.

In Angola’s case, it is part of the Kinshasa country office. This covers the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, Congo, Gabon and Chad, all of which speak French.

For the ILO office in Luanda to happen, the president has determined the creation of “a multi-sectoral technical working group in charge of elaborating, implementing and evaluating the technical diplomatic and infrastructure strategies” for this opening.

The group will “elaborate, approve and implement the diplomatic and cooperation strategy with the ILO’s governing bodies, with a view to formalising the aspiration of Angola to open an ILO Country-Sub-Regional Office in Luanda, in order to serve the PALOP countries.

This technical group will be supported by the National Commission for the ILO, the presidential order reads.

The ILO is devoted to promoting social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights, pursuing its founding mission that labour peace is essential to prosperity. It has 187 state members. 186 of the 193 member states of the United Nations plus the Cook Islands are members.