On Saturday May 1, 2021, the staff of the Central Administration of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation participated in the ceremonies of the celebration of the International Labor and Workers’ Day. The ceremonies were marked by a long parade of public and private employees which took place at the Intwari Stadium.
These ceremonies were enhanced by the presence of the Prime Minister, Police Commissioner General Alain Guillaume BUNYONI, the Ombudsman, Deputies and Senators, the Minister in charge of Finance, the Mayor of the City of Bujumbura and some senior Government officials.
In his speech, the Prime Minister gave thanks to Almighty God who granted us good health, wisdom and dynamism. He suggested that this holiday be an opportunity for employers and employees to reflect on the importance of work in the life of the country, and the opportunity to make decisions that facilitate the creation of more jobs for all those who are able to work, have something to do, and that they can develop personally and develop their country.
He indicated that the Government is grateful to the National Social Dialogue Committee, which brings together Government Representatives, Representatives of Trade Unions and employers’ Representatives, for the insight and wisdom with which they analyze and deal with conflicting issues and for the solutions they provide to work-related conflicts before the situation escalates.
He winked at the INSS and the ONPR, reminding them that the means they collect belong to the workers, and that their duty is to manage them and make them profitable in their favor, which is why , in principle, workers should retire by finding their contributions increased. With that, he said that the Government will now keep an eye on this money wherever it is placed, so that those who retire can be supported as they should, because they have been useful to the country.
After the ceremonies, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation who represented the Minister, joined the staff of the said Ministry to share a drink, in the premises of the building of this Ministry located in the INSS district.
In his speech the Permanent Secretary thanked the staff of the Ministry for the concentration and professional conscience with which they conduct their work. He also appreciated the good collaboration and the good climate which has been manifested between the Firm and all the staff. He encouraged them to continue in this direction and urged them to fight against laziness, so as not to be an adversity in the fight for the economic recovery of the country that our Government is leading. He also further encouraged them to avoid any form of unfairness and not fall into the mistake of neglecting the national interest.