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AFRECON 2015: Agenda

14 April, 2015
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PSI
Agenda for the 12th Regional Conference for Africa & Arab countries (AFRECON) and related meetings taking place in Gaborne, Botswana from 22-25 September 2015.

AGENDA

TUESDAY 22 SEPTEMBER 2015

09:00-12:30 AFREC
14:30-17:30 WOMEN’S SEMINAR
18:00-19:00 Registration of participants


WEDNESDAY 23 SEPTEMBER 2015

09:00-12:30  YOUNG WORKERS’ SEMINAR
13:30-14:30  Registration of participants

START OF AFRECON

14:30-15:00 Introduction and adoption of the Conference agenda

  • Confirmation of the Co-chairs of the Conference
  • Confirmation of the Standing Orders Committee members
  • Confirmation of the Credentials Committee members
  • Confirmation of Resolution Committee members
  • Confirmation of the Tellers

15:00-16:30

  • Presentation on Trade Union Violations in the Africa and Arab Region
  • Introduction by Sandra Vermuyten, PSI Equality and Rights Officer
  • Session chaired by Nassira Ghozlane, PSI Titular, Arab Countries
  • There will be four discussants, one from each sub-region, to make comments on the study
  • Discussion

17:00-18:30

  • Presentation on Fair Taxation for Quality Public Services
  • By Baba Aye, Deputy General Secretary, Medical and Health Union of Nigeria
  • Introduction by Daniel Bertossa, PSI Director of Policy and Governance
  • Session chaired by Sikalame Seitiso, Co-Chairperson from Botswana
  • Participation of Bernard Adjei, Deputy General Secretary of Public Services Workers Union of TUC (Ghana)
  • Discussion


THURSDAY 24 SEPTEMBER 2015

8:00-9:00 Registration for guests and government officials                                            

9:00-10:00 Opening Ceremony

  • National anthem of Botswana
  • Workers solidarity song: “Solidarity Forever” to be led by Baba Aye
  • Welcome speech by Sikalame Seitiso, Chairperson of Botswana NCC
  • Speech by Peters Adeyemi, PSI Vice-President of the Region    
  • Address by Rosa Pavanelli, PSI General Secretary
  • Opening of the Conference by the Honourable Edwin Batshu, Minister of Labour and Home Affairs of Botswana
  • Vote of Thanks by Alice Motshegwe, Vice-President of BLLAHWU

10:00-11:30 Presentation on the Theme of the Conference: “Consolidate the working class trade union solidarity, democracy, freedom, social justice and quality public services delivery”

  • By Dr. Kalusopa Trywell, Botswana 
  • Session chaired by Neo Dudu Joel from National Amalgamated Local & Central Government, Parastatal Workers' Union
  • Discussion             

11:30-12:30 Group Photo with PSI representatives, invited guests and government officials from Botswana

12:30-14:00 Lunch break

14:00-14:15

  • Report from the Standing Orders Committee and adoption of report
  • Report from the Credentials Committee and adoption of report

14:15-16:30 Presentation on the Role of ITUC-Africa in Advancing the Course of Public Sector Trade Unions in Africa

  • By Kwasi Adu-Amankwah, ITUC-Africa General Secretary
  • Session chaired by Jean-Marie Ndi, PSI Titular, French-speaking Africa
  • Discussion

16:30-17:00 Coffee break                                           

17:00-18:00 

  • Presentation on Enhancing PSI Agenda: Contribution of Union Development and International Cooperation
  • By Jasper Goss, PSI Project Officer
  • Session chaired by Mgaya Adelgunda, PSI Titular, English-speaking Africa
  • Discussion

DINNER FOR ALL DELEGATES (Hosted by Botswana affiliates)


FRIDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 2015

9:00-9:30 Announcements and Solidarity Messages

9:30-11:00

  • Panel Discussions on Ebola: A Strategy that call for Investment in Public Health Systems
  • Panel members include Ayuba Wabba, President of WAHSUN, Marie Mbayabu from DRC, Dr L. Toni Lewis, Chair of SEIU Healthcare (USA) and Dr. Jasper Goss, PSI Project Officer.
  • Session chaired by Ritta Thandeka, PSI Vice-President for Africa and Arab Countries
  • Questions

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break

11:30-12:30

  • Presentation on the Regional Solidarity Fund
  • By Jean-Marie Ndi, PSI Titular, French-speaking Africa
  • Session chaired by Peters Adeyemi, PSI Vice-President for Africa and Arab Countries
  • Discussion

12:30-14:00 Lunch break

14:00-16:00

  • Regional Activities Report and Regional Action Plan for 2014-2018
  • By David Dorkenoo, PSI Regional Secretary for Africa and Arab Countries
  • Session chaired by Peters Adeyemi, PSI Vice-President for Africa and Arab Countries
  • Discussion and adoption

16:00-16:30 Coffee break

16:30-17:15 Introduction and adoption of recommendations from pre-conference meetings                            

17:15-17:45

  • Adoption of AFRECON Recommendations and Resolutions
  • Presentation of the Regional Leadership to the Conference

17:45-18:00 Closing of AFRECON


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