31 May 2024

In a significant step towards strengthening partnerships and enhancing labor market policies, Ms. Jacqueline Mugo (EBS), the Executive Director and CEO of the Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE), hosted a high-level delegation from the International Labour Organization (ILO). The delegation was led by the International Labour Organization (ILO) Assistant Director-General for Jobs and Social Protection, Ms. Maria Susanna Seppo, accompanied by Ms. Caroline Mugalla, Director, Country Office for United Republic of Tanzania, Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda, Ms. Caroline Njuki, Chief Technical Advisor, ILO Kenya, and Ms. Angella from the ILO Corporate Communication team. 

The primary objective of the meeting was to share insights and discuss areas of mutual interest, focusing on global and regional development trends and their implications on the world of work, as well as to explore Kenya’s role and progress as a pathfinder country for the Global Accelerator on Jobs and Social Protection for Just Transitions Ms. Jacqueline Mugo, Executive Director and CEO of FKE, emphasized the importance of expanding collaboration with the ILO, focusing on areas directly impacting the labor market and employer-employee relations. She highlighted FKE's commitment to advocacy for a conducive business environment, addressed the need for a stable and predictable tax regime, and stressed the significance of tripartism in achieving sustainable labor solutions. 

Additionally, Ms. Mugo underscored FKE's focus on digitalizing operations to adapt to changing labor markets and reaffirmed the organization's commitment to advancing productivity through initiatives aimed at improving efficiency and competitiveness. Ms. Seppo echoed these sentiments, emphasizing skills development, social protection, ending child labor, and integrating refugees into the labor market. Both stressed the importance of tripartism and sustainable business practices, underscoring the need for a green economy and digital skills for future work. Ms. Mugo was accompanied by the 

FKE Senior Management team, who contributed to the discussions and provided additional insights into FKE’s strategic initiatives and ongoing projects. This meeting marks a significant step in reinforcing the partnership between FKE and the ILO, aiming to address critical labor market challenges and promote sustainable economic development in Kenya and the broader East African region.