The 1st Africa and Middle East Regional Presidium met in Cairo, Egypt on 8 – 10 March 2017. The President of the Region Piet Matosa called upon continued unity and solidarity in the region. For BWI General Secretary Ambet Yuson “there is a need to instil a positive energy to strengthen and unite the union movement globally, hence the relevance of the BWI theme of AMANDLA! Power to the People!”.
Condemned the actions of xenophobia in South Africa as it violates the migrant workers' rights.
Regarding xenophobic attacks on migrant workers in South Africa, the BWI:
Urged the Government to immediately put an end to the violence of migrant workers.
Provided enabling environment for businesses and workers; ensure safety, restore peace and stability in the country.
Regarding the ongoing killings of workers by terrorists in various countries, the BWI will put pressure on Titan – Egypt and Lafarge Holcim – Jordan.
The Regional Presidium called upon all affiliates in the region to transfer the congress contribution not later than April/May 9th to enable a compressive update to be presented in the World Board in May.
The members of the Presidium were warmly welcomed by Abdel Monem El Gamal, President of the host union GTUBWW.
The meeting was attended by Vice-President Amechi Asugwuni, Chairperson of the youth Emmanuel Douglas, Vice Women Chairperson Wafaa Boltia, BWI Regional Representative for Africa and Middle East Region Crecentia Mofokeng, Project Coordinator for MENA Wassim Rifi and the Presidents from: Jordan, Morocco, Kuwait and Lebanon.