The need to promote social security on the informal sector and develop it as a convenient low cost way of creating employment in African countries took centre stage at the just ended African Regional Labour Administration Centre (ARLAC) workshop in Harare.

Addressing delegates at the closing ceremony of the three-day labour conference, the Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, Cde Tapiwanashe Matangaidze noted that employees from the informal sector have the right to health, safe working conditions and access to social protection schemes just like the formal workers.

He implored the need to come up with policies and strategies that incorporate both sectors.

The workshop which saw representatives from nine African countries in the labour sector converging in Harare, also focused on options to extend social security coverage to the informal economy, labour best practices and the recommendations offered by international labour organisations.