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Informal Economy Learning Exchange for the City of Maputo

​Maputo and a delegate from Switzerland -

at the Informal Economy Learning Exchange

A delegation from Maputo consisting of City Officials and Informal Traders recently attended a week long learning exchange to learn more about how the eThekwini Municipality Informal Trading sector operates.
This is the result of a partnership between the City of Maputo, eThekwini's Intergovernmental Relations (IGR), Business Support and Markets (BSTMU), Durban Tourism Unit and the Municipal Institute of Learning (MILE). The inclusion of the traders association from both cities was a progressive effort to ensure a joint discussion on matters of informal trading. This particular learning forum is funded by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva, Switzerland in support of the decent work agenda.
Durban Tourism had an opportunity to market Durban to the city of Maputo and Switzerland by sharing the world class documentary about Durban. The practitioners were trained in Advocacy and Lobbying by a very capable ILO trained Facilitator Ms. Celiwe Nsibande who will also be training other municipalities in Mozambique. About six site visits to the famous markets in Durban were organized to expose the participants to real learning about markets. 
Dr. Edmundo Werna, a world acclaimed expert in Social Protection and in managing Urban Informal Economies for the ILO participated in this event. In his contribution at the official opening of the event, he said, “We as ILO support this learning exchange because markets and trades are important for cities and it is very important for us to continually invest in them. It is the first time ILO has been engaged in city to city collaboration. Thank you to Durban for hosting us."
Mr. Arnaldo Monteiro, the Director of Markets from Maputo who has attended previous learning exchanges was impressed with the calibre of learning. He said, “This is my second visit to Durban. The good thing about this learning exchange is that we can now adopt some lessons learnt and operating procedures in the Durban Markets, which were observed in our last visit. This time we brought Informal Traders to join in the learning for them to see for themselves how Durban Informal Traders operate.  This will enable better interactions between the informal traders and the municipality.”
Ms. Christina Munguambe, from ASSOTSI, an informal trader association in Maputo was pleased with the warm welcome given to her by Durban. She said, “This was a good experience. I have learnt a lot from the site visits especially the Clairwood Market which is an area filled with daily activities. I will share with my colleagues back home all the knowledge I have gained from this learning exchange more particularly the hygiene aspect of informal trading and the impressive designing of the kiosks in Durban. "
A team from eThekwini Municipality will travel to Maputo in July and again in August for follow-up sessions pertaining to the Learning Exchange.
The eThekwini Municipality and the City of Maputo acknowledges the support of the International Labour Organization office on strengthening social protection through growing the Informal economy.
A detailed Learning Note, audio visual material (photos and videos) will be shared shortly.

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