HISTORICAL OVERVIEW OF ARLAC
The African Regional Labour Administration Centre was jointly established by the ILO and UNDP in 1974 as a project for the development of labour administration issues, then referred to as public administration activities in the field of national labour policy inratified member states.
The ILO had observed that the Ministries responsible for labour matters in Africa had, on gaining independence inherited growing unemployment, underemployment, lack of skilled manpower, lack of clear and progressive wages and incomes policy, poor industrial relations, inadequate protection from work environments, absence of comprehensive social security schemes and a host of many other ills.
Based on the needs in African States, the project was upgraded to an organization in 1982. In October 1986, the ARLAC Headquarters moved from Nairobi, Kenya to Harare, Zimbabwe following an agreement to establish the permanent Headquarters of the Centre.
ARLAC contends that Labour Administration must have, at their disposal, high and middle grade officials who are fully trained in their social and economic roles, with the required dedication and competence as well as information and knowledge to enable each administrator to benefit from the experience of others.