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ASEAN Labour Ministers Renew Commitment to Promote Labour Cooperation
Source: aseansec.org
Source Date: Thursday, May 27, 2010
Focus: E-Procurement
Created: May 31, 2010

ASEAN Labour Ministers agreed to renew their commitment to step up their collective efforts to address the adverse impacts of the recent global financial crisis on labour market in ASEAN. The Ministers convened on 24 May in Ha Noi for their 21st meeting, which was themed “Human Resources for Economic Recovery and Development”. The theme was chosen in light of ASEAN’s collective effort to sustain the recovery in the aftermath of the crisis, with a view to increasing the productivity and creating employment opportunities.

At the meeting, which was opened by H.E. Nguyen Tan Dung, Prime Minister of Viet Nam, the Ministers adopted the ASEAN Labour Ministers’ Work Programme 2010-2020, which will serve as a guideline for the labour cooperation to support the realisation of the ASEAN Community by 2015 and the vision of the ASEAN Labour Ministers of a better quality of life, productive employment, and adequate social protection for ASEAN peoples.

The Work Programme consists of four specific strategic priorities, namely (i) legal foundation, (ii) institutional capacities, (iii) social partnership and (iv) labour markets and workforce development. The new Work Programme sets strategies for Member States, either collectively or individually, to develop policies and mechanisms allowing labour cooperation activities which will be undertaken over the next five years to remain effective and responsive to the various ASEAN challenges.

To further strengthen cooperation with the Plus Three countries, the ASEAN Labour Ministers also met with their counterparts from China, Japan and the Republic of Korea. They welcomed new initiatives from China and Japan to promote vocational training and employment safety-net building, respectively.
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