From 6-16April 2011, DECP Country manager Andrew Moore undertook 3 advisory missions to Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania respectively. Below you will find summaries of his visits.
Visit to the FUE – Federation of Uganda Employers (Kampala)
Mr. Andrew Moore made one of his regular advisory visits to the FUE in Kampala. The main objective of the mission was to attend the FUE Annual General Meeting which was held at the site of their new offices on the outskirts of Kampala. The AGM was well attended and the election of the Chairman and Vice Chairman took place. The current incumbents of both posts held onto their positions with the full support of the membership. The opportunity was used to try to raise further funds for the completion of the new FUE Head Office.
The mission was also an opportunity for the DECP to meet with the FUE Regional Chairman and their staff and to discuss with them how to try and increase their membership at a regional level.
Meetings also took place with staff at the FUE during which a number of issues involving communication with members was taken forward.
Visit to Federation Kenya Employers (Nairobi)
Andrew Moore then continued his trip to Nairobi where he visited the FKE. The main purpose of this visit was to work with the FKE staff on a number of membership issues, such as the position of FKE on the minimum wage and the proposed membership strategy, as well as providing guidance on the draft FKE Business Agenda.
The mission also provide an opportunity for the DECP to discuss developments on the East African Employers Organisation in Arusha of which the Executive Director of the FKE, Jacqueline Mugo, is the Chair Elect.
Visit to ATE – Association of Tanzania Employers (Dar es Salaam)
The issue of non payment by a portion of the current membership of ATE was the major issue addressed by on the two and half day mission to ATE in Dar es Salaam in April 2011.
It was agreed that a Task Force of senior ATE staff would be established in order not only to establish which members have yet to pay their subscriptions, but also to find out the reasons why payment has not been made. ATE would then address any issues that may arise from these discussions.
The mission was also an opportunity for the DECP to discuss with the ATE Executive Director the ATE recruitment strategy and possible ways of improving it.
Finally, DECP discussed the progress being made in establishing the East African Employers Organisation (EAEO) in Arusha and the need to get the EAEO Constitution registered as soon as possible.