(KPL) A Decent Work Country Programme is being planned for launch in Laos for the next five years (2017-2021) with the objective of promoting the development of skills for young people in remote areas of Laos with a focus on particular skills needed by the labour market.  

To ensure achievement, the Ministry of Labour and Social-Welfare, in cooperation with Decent Work Country Programme, held a meeting on March 3 to discuss ways to implement the cooperative programme.

The programme will conduct research on employees and employers to seek balance from both, after which they will provide skills training to match the needs of businesses.

The plan covers four priority areas including the promotion of employment and labour skill development in line with labour market demands, ratifying international labour standards and improving laws, setting up a national strategy to improve policy and expand social protection mechanisms, and improving constituent capacities and strengthening social dialogue.

Deputy Minister of Labour and Social-Welfare Mrs Baikham Khattiya said that participants of the meeting will discuss improving cooperation in the programme with the aim of ensuring that it is in accordance with the next 8th five-year plan and the government’s sustainable development goals.

Over the next five years, the government will work to cooperate with other organizational alliances of the United Nations and also the International Labour Organisation to materialize cooperative action plans and promote value employment.  Once put into practice, it will make a significant contribution to reducing poverty and improving the living conditions of locals, she went on.

For several years, the economy of Laos has grown consistently but the development of labour has remained weak.  Efforts have been made to promote employment, but several challenges have been noted including unregistered labourers and inadequate labour skills among Lao workers.

The programme will be implemented in Laos over the next five years.

Source: http://kpl.gov.la/En/Detail.aspx?id=22626

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