The ARLAC Governing Council

The Governing Council made up of Ministers responsible for Labour / Employment / Manpower matters in member countries is the supreme authority of ARLAC. Both the ILO and UNDP are represented on the Council. The Council has full powers to pursue all ARLAC’s objectives. By agreement, the Minister responsible for Labour matters in the host country assumes the Chairpersonship of the Governing Council.

Its role is to:

  • Establish rules of procedure and regulations with regards to staff and trainees;
  • Appoint the Centre's Director and managerial staff;
  • Adopt and approve the Centre's budget as prepared by the Director and receive the auduted financial statements as certified by the external auditor;
  • Input into the Centre's programmes;
  • Address recommendations, advisory opinions and any proposals from the governments of member countries; and
  • Address international institutions and third party states that are involved in any of ARLAC's projects or whose cooperation is desired 


The ARLAC Executive Office

The Executive Office is made up of the Chairperson of the Governing Council (Presiding), and 4 Vice-Chairpersons representing the geographical sub-divisions of member countries as well as representatives from the ILO and UNDP. Their terms of office are two years from entry date.

Its role is to:

  • To exercise the powers of the Governing Council in between Council sessions
  • To supervise the activities of the Centre. 


The ARLAC Secretariat

The Secretariat is a permanent administrative unit headed by the Director who is also the Secretary of the Governing Council and the Executive Office.

Its role is to: 

  • Be the implementing vehicle with which planning, resource management and activities are undertaken, guided by the decisions of the governance structures;
  • Pave way for building relationships of trust between labour administration and representatives of the social partners; 
  • Facilitate concrete contracts with the labour administration system; and
  • Foster the development of skills and adoption of principles and techniques of labour administration. 



Nineteen countries have ratified the ARLAC agreement and these are:

  • Botswana
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Malawi
  • Mauritius
  • Namibia
  • Nigeria
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • Sudan
  • Swaziland
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

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