A 4-day tripartite workshop on strengthening the capacity of social partners for participation in social dialogue at sectoral and national levels has been officially opened in Harare.

The workshop opened amid calls for capacity building and empowerment of all industrial and labour relations parties as the basis of effective participation in the social dialogue process.

African Regional Labour Administration Centre (ARLAC) Acting Director, Dr Locary Hlabanu said there is need to establish a new culture of interaction between governments, business and organised labour in order to provide an avenue for proactive and routine dialogue which will promote industrial peace and harmony at the workplace.

Representing the Kenyan Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Lucy Chelimo and Jackson Nyagaka said there is need for efficient industrial relations practice at the workplace and this requires deeper understanding of issues among government officials, employers and labour.

Participating countries are Botswana, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.