Gilbert Houngbo officially takes over ILO’s helm

Economic governance
Monday, 03 October 2022 14:59
Gilbert Houngbo officially takes over ILO’s helm

(Togo First) - Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo is officially the new head of the International Labour Organization (ILO). The handover ceremony was held on September 30, 2022, and the Togolese official was trusted with the keys to the UN organization by his predecessor, Guy Ryder, a British.

"I salute your uncompromising commitment to the founding values of the ILO, your steadfast pursuit of technical excellence within the mandate of the organization, and your continued respect for our tripartite constituents as a unique source of inspiration for the ILO. These are qualities I aspire to emulate as I embark on the mission entrusted to me," Houngbo told Ryder at the ceremony, the ILO reported.

Some of the priorities  ILO’s new boss will tackle include "the international response to the issues of the market basket, high living costs, and inflation.” He will also work on expanding social protection, in the informal sector especially, fighting child labor and modern slavery.

Though he just takes over ILO’s helm, Gilbert F. Houngbo was elected as the organization’s 11th Director General last March. He was appointed for a five-year term, renewable once. 

Houngbo was Togo’s Prime Minister from 2008 to 2012 and was recently Chief of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Ayi Renaud Dossavi

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