Social security in the informal sector is under the spotlight as stakeholders from nine regional countries are meeting under the auspices of African Regional Labour Administration Centre (ARLAC) and International Labour Organisation (ILO)

Acting director for ARLAC, Locary Hlabanu stated that millions of workers face a number of inhuman forms of exploitation and harassment, hence the reason for the workshop.

In its 89th session of 2001, ILO declared that “social security is important for the well being of workers, their families and the entire community” and the social security (minimum standards ) convention of 1952 (no.102) confirms that social security is not only a basic human right but a fundamental means for poverty reduction, social exclusion and to enhance social cohesion and economic productivity.