The Lao Federation of Trade Unions (LFTU), the Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LNCCI), and the International Labour Organization (ILOon May 30 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoUto promote decent employment and labour skills development.
The MoU was signed by Mr Symoune Ounlasy, Vice President, LFTU; Daovone Phachanthavong, Vice President, LNCCI; and Mr Maurizio Bussi, Director, ILO Decent Work Technical Support Teams �DWT – for East and South-East Asia and the Pacific; Mr Kikeo Chanthabury Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment; and Ms Baikham Khattiya, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social-Welfare.
The MoU aims to promote participatory and sustainable development through promoting job creation and labour skill development, implementing labour standards and expanding social protection.
Creating valuable jobs, especially for underprivileged labourers and rural residents is key to national poverty reduction and graduation from least developed country status by 2020, said Mr Kikeo.
The five-year cooperation programme will play an important role in contributing to the implementation of the sustainable development goals in the Lao PDR as well as the 8th five-year national socio-economic development plan, addressing challenges regarding human resource development, economic vulnerabilities and social protection, Mr Kikeo commented.
Addressing the signing event, Maurizio Bussi pointed out that the Lao PDR is characterised by a large portion of young people in its demographic structure, and this will help ensure the country will have lower spending on social services, thus paving the way for participatory sustainable social development.
The decent work cooperation promotion programme designed for the next five years will focus on the promotion and implementation of policies, strategies, and action plans on effective promotion of employment opportunities and decent works in rural areas, said Mr Bussi.
Source: Lao News Agency