The Minister of Labour and Social-Welfare, Mr Khampheng Xaysompheng attended the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) 16th Asia and the Pacific Regional Meeting (APRM) on 6-9 December in Indonesia. The meeting was chaired by Mr Muhamad Hanif Dakhiri, the Minister of Labour of Indonesia.
During the opening ceremony, the Vice President of Indonesia, Mr Mohammad Jusuf Kalla, said that the ILO’s 16th Asia and the Pacific Regional Meeting in Bali calls for a greater emphasis on social justice in development”.
Participants of the four-day meeting discussed issues affecting employment and the world of work in the Asia, Pacific and Arab States region, which together account for 60 per cent of the global workforce.
“The ILO’s mandate of realizing social justice is in line with Indonesia’s constitution: Equal welfare and justice for all,” the Vice President told delegates.
“Of paramount importance is focusing on positive developments and working together to realize decent work, and meet the aspirations of workers and employers, who ultimately share similar needs and concerns,” he added.
The ILO is the United Nations’ specialized agency dealing with work-related issues. The APRM is being attended by more than 400 delegates including 22 ministers representing governments, and workers’ and employers’ organizations from almost 40 countries.
One in ten of the region’s workers still lives in extreme poverty, and more than a billion workers are in vulnerable employment, often without access to social and legal protection, while other groups, including the youth, migrant workers, child and forced labourers, displaced people and women are in particular danger of being excluded from progress.
Delegates elected Indonesia’s Minister of Manpower Hanif Dhakiri to chair the APRM.
Bahrain’s Minister of Labour and Social Development Jameel Humaidan became the vice chair representing government delegates. Hariyandi Sukamdani of the Employers Association of Indonesia was elected as vice chair representing employers, and Naoto Ohmi, Secretary General of the Japanese Trade Union Federation, vice chair for workers.
The conclusions of the APRM will help shape national labour and employment policies in the region, as well as the ILO’s work.
Mr Khampheng Xaysompheng said that the meeting was important and in line with the Ministry of Labour and Social-Welfare in Laos currently, especially the planning for the 8th socio-economic development implementation, in particular the vision on of Labour and Social-Welfare of Laos from 2016-2030, the strategic plan for 2016-2020, and the labour and Social-Welfare development plan for 2016-2020, which will focus on the rights and interests of labour, the allocation of jobs, the development of skills, and the strengthening of information in labour market.
Source: Lao News Agency