Structural Transformation For Africa’s Development : PROGRAMME AREA

Three decades of implementation of the Structural Adjustments Programmes failed to either bring structural changes to African economies
or address key structural constraints. The SAPs have rather deepened the primary commodity export-dependence that Africa inherited
from colonialism and increased vulnerabilities to volatile world primary commodities prices. Moreover, the open trade, investment and
financial regimes and policies have had little impact on wealth creation and led to substantial accumulation of wealth in the hands of the
few outside the continent. Trade liberalization has exposed indigenous industries to unfair competition from abroad leading to deindustrialization
and loss of high quality manufacturing sector jobs and degradation of domestic productive capacity. Together with extensive
retrenchment of public sector workers, this has increased the rate of informalization and joblessness.

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7th New Year School : In order to stop illicit financial flows for a structural transformation of Africa, trade unionists roll up their sleeves.

Around US $ 50 billion is lost by Africa every year through illicit financial flows, which, according to Global Financial Integrity (GFI) estimates, are growing at an astounding rate of 20.2 percent annually. A phenomenon that is in the agenda of discussions of trade union organizations which (...)
2017 Jan 30 - Feb 03 / New Year School Lome - TOGO Keywords : Activities; Upcoming event; Structural Transformation For Africa’s Development;
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African unions want an inclusive free trade agreement

27 May, 2019Unions are being excluded from negotiations on the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) because of a fast-track approach being used by governments. The unions are demanding that the AfCFTA should respect workers’ rights and labour standards as found in national laws and (...)
13-15 May 2019 Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA Keywords : South Africa ; Reports ; Structural Transformation For Africa’s Development ; ATUDN ;

Accelerate our actions to eliminate forced labor and child labor in supply chains.

The Alliance 8.7 Supply Chains Action Group held its second global meeting in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire on 15th May. Over 140 participants, including Government representatives from 19 countries and over 40 Alliance 8.7 Partner Organisations, as well as Workers representatives 5ITUC And ITUC-Africa (...)
Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire Keywords : Cote d’Ivoire ; Extending Social Protection ; Structural Transformation For Africa’s Development ; Youth Work - Organising And Workers Empowerment ;

African and European trade unions stand togother as a united front to call for an in-depth change to the content and guiding principles of the EPA

Trade unions from Africa and Europe have followed with grave concern the negotiation and conclusion of Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) between the EU and regional groupings in Africa. The ITUC-Africa and the ETUC have called for in-depth changes to the content and guiding principles of (...)
26 October 2018 Lomé , Togo Keywords : Structural Transformation For Africa’s Development ;

Commendation for national minimum wage adoption in South Africa and request to support campaign for minimum wages across Africa

Dear President Ramaphosa, On behalf of the African Regional Organisation of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC-Africa - I convey to you our profound commendation and appreciation for the institution of national minimum wage in South (...)
4 October 2018 Lomé, TOGO Keywords : Activities ; South Africa ; Extending Social Protection ; Structural Transformation For Africa’s Development ;

E-commerce Integrity: Inclusion, Employment, Labour, Opportunities and Potential Challenges

A well-integrated African E-commerce industry would cover over a billion people, making it one of the most significant e-commerce industries in the world. It has the potential to turn us into leading producers and not just consumers of externally produced goods and services and of course (...)
23-25th July 2018 Nairobi, Kenya Keywords : Activities ; Reports ; Structural Transformation For Africa’s Development ;
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Climate change impacts on the African continent are visibly disturbing, as it begins to manifest one crisis after another. The Africa we want is crying for policy and climatic space to transform its economies, livelihoods and societies for the benefit of current and future generations. The (...)