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STATEMENT BY THE ZAMBIA FEDERATION OF EMPLOYERS ACTING PRESIDENT MRS MYRA MARA SAKALA NGOMA AT THE SPECIAL TRIPARTITE CONSULTATIVE LABOUR COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON THURSDAY, 26TH MARCH 2020 AT TWANGALE PARK


 HONOURABLE MINISTER OF LABOUR AND SOCIAL SECURITY MRS JOYCE NONDE SIMUKOKO, MP
 THE PERMANENT SECRETARY, MR CHANDA KAZIYA
 THE PRESIDENT OF ZAMBIA CONGRESS OF TRADE UNIONS, MR. CHISHIMBA NKOLE
 THE SECRETARY GENERAL ZCTU MR. COSMUS MUKUKA
 THE PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERATION OF FREE TRADE UNIONS OF ZAMBIA, MR CHINGATI MSISKA
 THE SECRETARY GENERAL FFTUZ
 SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS PRESENT
 MY DEAR COLLEAGUES FROM THE EMPLOYERS
 THE DIRECTOR INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANISATION, MR GEORGE OKUTHO
 THE MEDIA TEAM
 LADIES AND GENTLEMEN
ALLOW ME TO MAKE SOME REMARKS ON BEHALF OF THE ZAMBIAN EMPLOYERS AT THIS SPECIAL TRIPARTITE CONSULTATIVE LABOUR COUNCIL MEETING WHICH HAS BEEN CONVENED IN THE MIDST OF THE ON-GOING CORONA VIRUS (COVID-19) THAT HAS AFFECTED MANY COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD.
WE ARE ALL AWARE HONOURABLE MINISTER, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN THAT THE CORONA VIRUS (COVID-19) STARTED IN CHINA AND UNFORTUNATELY IT HAS BEEN SPREADING TO OTHER COUNTRIES WHERE IT HAS SO FAR BEEN DEVASTATING AS A NUMBER OF PEOPLE HAVE SO FAR LOST THEIR LIVES WHILE MANY PEOPLE ARE STILL SICK. WE ARE ALSO AWARE OF THE FACT THAT THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION HAS SINCE DECLARED THE CORONA VIRUS (COVID-19) AS A GLOBAL PANDEMIC.
THE VIRUS IS DEADLY AS SO FAR A NUMBER OF PEOPLE HAVE DIED AND THIS HAS CAUSED A NUMBER OF BOTH AFFECTED AND UNAFFECTED COUNTRIES TO PUT PREVENTIVE MEASURES IN PLACE INCLUDING TRAVEL BANS.
THE TRAVEL BANS HAVE COME WITH DEVASTATING IMPACT ON SOME OF OUR BUSINESSES ESPECIALLY OUR MEMBERS IN THE TOURISM SECTOR AND ITS SEGMENT OF HOSPITALITY. HONOURABLE MINISTER THIS SECTOR HAS BEEN HIT BADLY AS THE TRAVEL BANS MEAN THAT THERE ARE NO POTENTIAL TOURISTS TO COME TO OUR COUNTRY ZAMBIA AND EQUALLY

BUSINESS MEN AND WOMEN WILL NOT COME FOR THEIR BUSINESS DEALS OR CONTRACTS. THE HOTELS HAVE SUFFERED CANCELLATION OF BOOKINGS FOR WORKSHOPS OR SEMINARS AS GATHERINGS OF MORE THAN 50 PEOPLE ARE DISCOURAGED. THE COMPANIES NEED SOLUTIONS ESPECIALLY ON MATTERS OF EMPLOYEES.
IT IS A WELL-KNOWN FACT THAT THE PANDEMIC HAS ALSO AFFECTED COMPANIES IN SEVERAL OTHER SECTORS WITH A NUMBER OF CHALLENGES TO EMPLOYERS AND THE MAJOR CHALLENGE IS THAT OF LOSS OF REVENUE MAKING IT DIFFICULT FOR BUSINESS HOUSES TO RUN SMOOTHLY.


THE COVID -19 IS THEREFORE, IS THREATENING THE HEALTH AND LIVELIHOODS OF WORKERS AND EMPLOYERS GLOBALLY AND IN ZAMBIA. THE VIRUS HAS MAJOR ECONOMIC AND EMPLOYMENT IMPACTS AS A NUMBER OF COMPANIES ARE IN DANGER OF BEING FORCED OUT OF BUSINESS WITH GRAVE IMPACT ON EMPLOYMENT.

AS STAKEHOLDERS WE NEED TO ACT NOW, QUICKLY AND RESPONSIBILY TO MINIMISE THE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES. WE NEED TO FIND INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS FOR THE BUSINESSES AND ZAMBIAN WORKERS WHO WILL BE IMPACTED THROUGH LABOUR MARKET RESILENCE, SUPPORT AND ADOPTATION TO LIMIT THE UNEMPLOYMENT FALLOUT AND THE LOSS OF INCOME DUE TO THE COVID – 19 OUTBREAK. THE ZAMBIA FEDERATYION OF EMPLOYERS AND ITS MEMBERS WILL STAND IN SOLIDALITY WITH THE GOVERNMENT AND WE UNDERLINE THE CRITICAL NEED FOR SOCIAL DIALOGUE IN DESIGNING MEASURES TO OVERCOME THIS IMPACT.
ZFE IS THANKFUL TO YOU GUEST OF HONOUR THAT YOUR OFFICE HAS RESPONDED FAVOURABLE TO THE LETTERS AND REQUESTS MADE BY THE SOCIAL PARTNERS, ZCTU AND ZFE TO CONVENE A MEETING TO DISCUSS THE DEVASTATIONS OF COVID-19 SO THAT AS SOCIAL PARTNERS WE COME UP WITH WORKING SOLUTIONS ON HOW WE CAN MANAGE OR SIMPLY MITIGATE THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON BOTH BUSINESSES AND THE WORKERS IN THE COUNTRY.

GUEST OF HONOUR, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, YOU WILL AGREE WITH ME THAT WHEN THE COUNTRY IS FACED WITH A PANDEMIC SUCH AS THIS ONE AND IS ANTICIPATING A LOCKDOWN, THERE MUST BE LEADERSHIP PROVIDED TO THE NATION AND AS SUCH THIS MEETING IS VERY IMPORTANT AS IT AIMS AT PROVIDING SPACE FOR THE LEADERS ON THE LABOUR MARKET TO BRAINSTORM AND COME UP WITH POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS THAT WILL MITIGATE THE IMPACT THAT THE COVID-19 WILL OR MAY HAVE ON THE WORLD OF WORK.
ALLOW ME ON BEHALF OF MY FEDERATION TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK AND AT THE SAME TIME COMMEND THE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT HIS EXCELLENCY DR. EDGAR CHAGWA LUNGU FOR TAKING TIME TO ADDRESS THE NATION ON WEDNESDAY 25TH MARCH 2020 ON COVID-19 AND FOR PRONOUNCING CERTAIN MEASURES IN PHASE ONE THAT CAN HELP IN PREVENTING ITS SPREAD SUCH AS CLOSING BARS ,NIGHT CLUBS, CINEMAS, GYMS AND CASINOS, RESTAURANTS TO OPERATE ON TAKE -AWAY AND DELIVERY BASIS ONLY, THE SUSPENSION OF ALL INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS TO AND FROM HARRY MWAANGA NKUMBULA, SIMON MWANSA AND MFUWE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS AND INSTEAD TO HAVE ALL INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS LAND AND DEPART FROM KENNETH KAUNDA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. ZFE WELCOMES THESE MEASURES.


GUEST OF HONOUR AS ZFE WE ARE CONCERNED THAT THE 12 CASES THAT HAVE SO FAR BEEN REPORTED IN ZAMBIA ARE THOSE WITH PEOPLE WHO VISITED AFFECTED COUNTRIES AND THEY CAME IN WITH THE VIRUS. THIS MEANS THAT WITHOUT ANY ONE HAVING BROUGHT THE CORONA VIRUS FROM THE INITIAL AFFECTED COUNTRIES, ZAMBIA WOULD HAVE BEEN AT ZERO CASE OF THE VIRUS. GUEST OF HONOUR OUR HOPE IS THAT THESE OUR DEAR FRIENDS WILL BE SERIOUSLY QUARANTINED SO THAT THEY ARE NOT ABLE TO SPREAD THE VIRUS TO OTHER PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY. EQUALLY THOSE OF THEIR RELATIVES AND FRIENDS WHOM THEY MAY HAVE INTERACTED WITH MUST RESPECT THE REQUIREMENT FOR SELF-QUARANTINE AND MUST QUICKLY UNDERGO TESTING.


SINCE IT IS CLEAR THAT THE POSTIVE CASES THE COUNTRY HAS RECORDED ARE A RESULT OF PEOPLE HAVING BROUGHT THE VIRUS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES, ZFE WOULD LIKE TO PROPOSE THAT THE SCREENING PROCESS AT THE AIRPORT AND OTHER ENTRY POINTS MUST INCLUDE THE ACTUAL TESTING AS OPPOSED TO THE CURRENT PROCESS OF SIMPLY TAKING THE TEMPRETURE AND CONTACTS OF THOSE ARIVING FROM OTHER COUNTRIERS.


GUEST OF HONOUR, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE CANCELLATIONS OF HOTEL BOOKINGS AND FLIGHTS WILL NOT ONLY AFFECT THE TOURISM OR THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY BUT WILL HAVE A REPO EFFECT ON OTHER SECTORS BECAUSE OF THE VALUE CHAIN ASPECTS.: EFFECTIVELY THIS WILL HAVE DEVASTATING IMPACT ON THE INDUSTRY AT LARGE AND ITS EMPLOYEES.


WE THEREFORE, CALL ON OUR GOVERNMENT TO START PREPARING FOR MORE INTERVENTIONS INCLUDING ASPECTS OF
 PAYMENTS TO BUSINESS AND WORKERS TO COVER UP TO A CERTAIN PERCENTAGE OF WAGES FOR WORKERS.
 DEFER THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE EMPLOYMENT CODE ACT NO. 3 OF 2019 AND
 SUSPEND CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY
 DEFERMENT OF ALL PENALTIES AND INTEREST ON THE LATE PAYMENTS OF STATUTORY TAXES UNTIL THE SITUATION IS UNDER CONTROL
 PAY LOCAL DEBY TO PRIVATE COMPANIES
 DEFER THE IMPLEMENTATION OF STATUTORY INSTRUMENT (SI) No. 24 COMPELLING FOREIGN COMPANIES TO HAVE A TRANSFER PRICE POLICY
 SUSPEND THE NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE CONTRIBUTIONS.
GUEST OF HONOUR , LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, AS MUCH AS WE IN ZFE BELIEVE THAT A LOCKDOWN AT THIS TIME MAY BE NECESSARY IN ORDER TO STOP THE EXPONENTIAL SPREAD OF THE VIRUS BEFORE OUR HEALTH SERVICES GET OVERWHELMED TO TRY AND MANAGE THE CONTAGION BEFORE IT BECOMES UNMANAGED , WE ARE ALSO OF THE VIEW THAT SINCE ZAMBIA HAS ONLY RECORDED 12 CASES OF CORONA VIRUS , THIS NUMBER IS MANAGEABLE IN TERMS OF CONTAINING AND EVEN COMBATING THIS DEADLY PANDEMIC IF WE CLOSED ALL


OUR BOARDERS AND HALTED ALL INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS TO AND FROM ZAMBIA AND IF THE TWELVE SO FAR INFECTED COULD BE TREATED.
GUEST OF HONOUR, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN I WISH TO CONCLUDE BY STATING THAT IN THE MIDST OF THIS DEADLY COVID -19, BUSINESS CONTINUITY, INCOME SECURITY AND SOLIDALITY ARE KEY TO PREVENT THE SPREAD AND PROTECT LIVELIHOOD AND BUILD A RESILIENT ECONOMY AND SOCIETY. WE STRESS IN THE STRONGEST TERMS THE IMPORTANT ROLE THAT SOCIAL DIALOGUE AND SOCIAL PARTNERS WILL PLAY IN THE CONTROL OF THE VIRUS AT THE WORKPLACE AND BEYOND BUT ALSO TO AVOID MASSIVE JOB LOSSES IN THE SHORT AND MEDIUM TERM. JOINT RESPONSIBILITY IS NEEDED FOR DIALOGUE TO FOSTER STABILITY.
THE UNITED NATIONS AND ESPECIALLY THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION MUST TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION THE NEED FOR PROTECTING EMPLOYMENT AND INCOME THROUGH STRENGTHENING SOCIAL PROTECTION MEASURES IN BOTH THE RESOLUTION OF THE PANDEMIC AND IN SETTING THE FOUNDATION FOR THE EMPLOYMENT AND ECONOMIC CONDITIONS FOR RECOVERY.
GUEST OF HONOUR MORE SUBMISSIONS AS MITIGATING FACTORS FROM OUR SIDE WILL BE MADE AS WE ENGAGE IN THE PLENARY DISCUSSION.
I WISH EVERYONE A FRUITFUL DELIBERATION AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR LISTENING

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POSTPONEMENT OF THE ZFE 54TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING SCHEDULED FOR 27TH MARCH 2020 AT NEELKANTH SAROVAR PREMIERE HOTEL IN LUSAKA

Dear Member,

We refer to our letter dated March 2020 in which we invited you to attend the ZFE 54th Annual General Meeting (AGM).

In keeping with the advice given by the Ministry of Health that large gatherings must be avoided as a way of spread of the Corona Virus (COVID 19) which has become a pandemic we wish to inform you that ZFE has decided to postpone the AGM. We will advise in due course on the new date once the virus is contained.

We take this opportunity to thank you for always being there for us once called upon.

Regards, HARRINGTON CHIBANDA ACCA, AZICA
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
ZAMBIA FEDERATION OF EMPLOYERS
PLOT No. 6662, MBERERE ROAD
OLYMPIA EXTENSION, LUSAKA
TEL +260 211 295781
FAX +260 211 295781
MOBILE +260 977 810281
E-mail : zfe@zamnet.zm
chibs19@yahoo.com

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2020 ZFE AGM NOTICE AND AGENDA

11th February 2020
Dear Member,
Re: ZAMBIA FEDERATION OF EMPLOYERS’ (ZFE) 54TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM) – 27TH MARCH 2020, NEELKANTH SAROVAR PREMIERE, LUSAKA
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the 54th Zambia Federation of Employers’ Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Friday, 27th March 2020 at Neelkanth Premiere Sarovar Hotel in Lusaka starting at 08:30 hours. Please click here to read more…..

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REMARKS BY THE ZAMBIA FEDERATION OF EMPLOYERS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MR. HARRINGTON CHIBANDA AT THE STAKEHOLDERS’ CONSULTATIVE MEETING ON THE DRAFT NATIONAL PRODUCTIVITY POLICY HELD ON 23RD JANUARY 2020

  • THE PERMANENT SECRETARY MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND SOCIAL SECURITY, MR. CHANDA KAZIYA
  • THE INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANISATION DIRECTOR FOR ZAMBIA , MALAWI AND MOZAMBIQUE ,  MR. GEORGE OKUTHO
  • THE PRESIDENT ZAMBIA CONGRESS OF TRADE UNIONS, MR. CHISHIMBA NKOLE

ON BEHALF OF THE EMPLOYERS IN ZAMBIA ALLOW ME TO   SAY A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL.

IT IS INDEED A HAPPY MOMENT TO START THE YEAR WITH A DISCUSSION ON THE SUBJECT OF THE PRODUCTIVITY POLICY, WHICH HAS BEEN A CRY FOR MANY STAKEHOLDERS FOR A LONG TIME ESPECIALLY US IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR. Read more…..

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Abidjan Declaration

Advancing Social Justice: Shaping the future of work in Africa

Realizing the potential for a future of work with social justice


Government, Employers’ and Workers’ delegates from 49 African countries having met at the 14th ILO African Regional Meeting from 3 to 6 December 2019 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, in the ILO’s Centenary year 2019, which also marked the 60th year of the Organization’s presence in the continent, with the aim of forging a regional framework to unleash Africa’s potential for inclusive growth and shaping a future of work with social justice;
Recalling the ILO Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work, adopted by the International Labour Conference in June 2019, and endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2019, which provides a road map for a regional agenda;
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ZFE SPEECH AT THE PLENARY SESSION OF THE ILO AFRICA REGIONAL MEETING , 5TH DECEMBER 2019 IN ABIDJAN

CHAIRPERSON , DISTIGUISHED DELEGATES , LADIES AND GENTLEMEN.  THE DG’S REPORT TALKED ABOUT THE FUTURE OF WORK AND THE FOUR GLOBAL MEGA-TRENDS -TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES, CLIMATE CHANGE, CHANGING DEMOGRAPHICS AND GLOBALIZATION –AND THE PROFOUND CHANGE, AND EVEN REVOLUTION, THEY BROUGHT ABOUT ON THE WAY WORK IS DONE AND BUSINESSES ARE ORGANIZED BUT ALSO THE WAY EMPLOYERS AND WORKERS INTERACT AT THE WORKPLACE. THESE TRENDS ARE NOT NEW; THEY HAVE BEEN A PART OF HUMAN HISTORY SINCE THE START OF HISTORY ITSELF. HOWEVER, THE FACT THAT THESE TRENDS ARE TAKING PLACE SIMULTANEOUSLY AT AN OVERWHELMING PACE IS SOMETHING UNIQUE TO OUR GENERATION; AND IT IS IMPACTING OUR GOVERNANCE SYSTEMS AND INSTITUTIONS IN WAYS AND MAGNITUDES WE COULD NOT HAVE IMAGINED . Read more…

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OCTOBER 2019 NEWSLETTER

National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS)

In 2018, Parliament passed the National Health Insurance Act No.2 of 2018 which established the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and the National Health Insurance Management Authority (NHIMA). ZFE, ZCTU and a number of other stakeholders, including the opposition political parties, made strong recommendations to either withdraw or improve the Bill, but Parliament passed it largely unchanged. ZFE and ZCTU then made efforts to prevent the operationalization of the Act. In this whole process ZFE was advocating for the Act to provide for both the Public and Private Sector Health Insurance Schemes so that employers who run private health insurance schemes for their employees could be allowed to continue with no additional obligation to making their employees belong to this Public Health Insurance Scheme and meeting additional costs. This is the practice in most countries where such a scheme exists. The Act in its present form does not provide for exemptions to those with private health schemes in place and as such it is a risk to a number of private sector health centres that will not be accredited by the Minister of Health as centres to provide health services to people that will be registered on the scheme. ZFE had also submitted that the Scheme should be managed through the National Pension Scheme Authority (NAPSA) in order to avoid spending huge sums of money on both infrastructure development and administrative expenses. This was also meant to make life easier for employers by way of remitting one payment into NAPSA that would include the Health Insurance Scheme amount.  The ZFE efforts in this matter included speaking with the President of the Republic, who encouraged his Minister of Health to speak with stakeholders. None of these efforts came to fruition as in September 2019, the Minister of Health promulgated the NHI Regulations through Statutory Instrument No. 63 of 2019. Given its long and as yet unsuccessful battle against this arbitrary and damaging scheme, ZFE will not engage in sensitizing its members on it. Read more……

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WORKSHOP ON PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT, 28 – 29 NOVEMBER 2019, FRINGILLA LODGE, CHISAMBA

Dear Sir/Madam,

Re:      WORKSHOP ON PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT, 28 – 29 NOVEMBER 2019, FRINGILLA LODGE, CHISAMBA

The Employment Code Act No. 3 of 2019 requires that An employer shall ensure that there exists in the undertaking an employment policy procedure , a health and wellness policy, harassment policy, performance management policy, an HIV and AIDS Policy, a grievance procedure and code of conduct. The Act further provides that an employer shall bring to the attention of each employee under the employer’s direction the policy.

In addition the Act has also included poor performance as one of the valid reasons for termination of employment relationship but this requires that the employee must be guided on his/her performance expectations/targets which the employer must assess in order to determine the performance of the employee.This process requires companies to formulate and effectively implement a sound performance Management system.

In view of the above, the Zambia Federation of Employers (ZFE) has lined up a number of  workshops  to  be  conducted  in order  to help  employers formulate  and effectively  implement  the  said Human Resource work place policies in line with the Act.

The first workshop the ZFE will be conducting is therefore, on Performance Management  from 28th  to 29th  November 2019 at Fringilla Lodge in Chisamba.

This workshop has been designed and will be delivered to enable would be participants effectively implement a Performance Management policy at their organisations and will deliver on the following components of performance management:  

1.         Performance and development planning – performance agreements which involves role defining, objective and target setting including Key Result Areas          ((KRAs) or Key Performance Indicators ( KPIs) , performance improvements, personal development and the use of the Balanced Scorecard. .

2.         Act : which involves carrying out the roles, implementing  performance improvement plans and implementation of personal development plans.

3.         Managing Performance through out the year : which involves monitoring performance, providing continuous feedback, providing coaching and dealing with under performance.

4.         Review Performance : which involves dialogue and feedback, agreeing on strengths and any areas of improvement, building on strengths a company is particularly strong in by

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identifying ways on how the company can make even greater use of them and conducting review meeting.

5.         Assessment methods : which involves rating that indicates the quality of performance or competence achieved or displayed by an employee by selecting the level on a scale that most closely corresponds with the view of the assessor on how well the individual has been doing.

6.         Awarding Performance and compensation management : which involves motivating and retaining staff, attracting talent, incentivizing performance, image building and building reward valued behavior.  

The Federation, therefore, wishes to invite your organization to nominate a participant/s to participate at this workshop. Click here to download the workshop documents.

Attached is a workshop profile and an application form which should be filled in and returned to the Secretariat on zfe@zamnet.zm  or zfe.training@aol.com BEFORE or BY Monday 18th November 2019.  For more details please get in touch with Mildred Mukuma on  0211 295969 or Cell No.  0977825112.

Yours faithfully,

ZAMBIA FEDERATION OF EMPLOYERS

 

Harrington Chibanda

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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Global Commission On The Future Of Work

The future of work

New forces are transforming the world of work. The transitions involved
call for decisive action.
Countless opportunities lie ahead to improve the quality of working lives,
expand choice, close the gender gap, reverse the damages wreaked by
global inequality, and much more. Yet none of this will happen by itself.
Without decisive action we will be heading into a world that widens
existing inequalities and uncertainties. Read more…..

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