The 13th Congress of the International Confederation of Arab Trade Unions took place on 17-19 May 2016, in Sharm-El-Sheikh of Egypt.
Alexandra Liberi, WFTU Head of Mass Media and Communications Department represented WFTU in this Congress and addressed a greeting message expressing the WFTU solidarity with the Arab people.
Following a succesful Congress, with democratic process and wide participation from the Arab Trade Unions a new Executive Council was elected as well as a new General Secretary of ICATU.
Brother Ghassan Ghosn, from CGT-Lebanon was elected in the post of General Secretary of this historic and important regional Organization for the next 5 years.
The Secretariat of the WFTU in its congratulatory letter to the new General Secretary said: “We wish you all strength, courage and determination in the difficult task you have taken upon your shoulders in the leadership of this historic and important regional Organization. From our side we will continue to build the fraternal relations between WFTU and ICATU, to support and defend ICATU and the Arab trade union movement for the benefit of all Arab people. We hope that our cooperation and brotherhood can continue to mature day after day.”
A letter was send to Rajab Maatouk, the outgoing General Secretary of ICATU appreciating his hard work for the benefit of the Arab people all the previous years as well as his role to maintain and strengthen the fraternal cooperation of ICATU and WFTU.