Thursday, 30 June 2011

KENASVIT hosts StreetNet New Manifesto Regional Workshop Nairobi, July 18-19

The Kenyan National Association of Street Vendors and Informal Traders (KENASVIT) will be hosting the StreetNet New Manifesto workshop in Nairobi on 18th-19th July 2011. The workshop will focus on capacity building for the organisations of informal traders.  Participants  will review a strategy  to undertake participative research among their members, in order to develop a set of demands to negotiate with local authorities and to present at regional and international level. Among the African states represented will be street traders' organisations from Togo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Senegal and Ghana. In addition, StreetNet’s International Coordinator, Pat Horn, will participate to share the work in progress in other continents, particularly Latin America.  She will also discuss with the Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU -K) how best to strengthen the organisation of informal economy workers in Kenya. Wilson Maina, General Secretary of KENASVIT said: "This is the most significant meeting in Kenya pertaining to the informal sector, and denotes an important step in facilitating regional integration to address the issues that street vendors and informal traders face. The conference will conclude with a number of action items and resolutions that each organisation can implement upon return."

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