While the impact of the global economic and financial crisis has been large on the ten countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the region has rebounded remarkably. However, employment creation is estimated to have occurred at a slower path, and the crisis has definitely slowed down the declining trend between 2003 and 2008 in the share of workers in vulnerable employment (60 per cent of the workforce).
Among the ASEAN countries, Thailand has the longest experience with unemployment insurance benefits. Therefore, the neighbouring countries have expressed a strong interest to learn from the Thai experience related to unemployment protection. To meet this request, the ILO-ASEAN UI Project is supporting the organization of a study visit to the institutions responsible for the implementation of the unemployment insurance scheme in Thailand, including the public employment services.
i. To enrich the knowledge and understanding of the participants on the topic of unemployment insurance and employment services by learning from Thailand’s practices on providing support to the unemployed, especially the link between UI cash benefits with employment and vocational training services.
ii. To learn from the experience of Thailand in the design process of the unemployment insurance (UI) scheme, its adjustments overtime, its institutional set-up and coverage, as well as the performance and challenges in the implementation, including during economic crisis and natural disasters.
iii. To contribute to create a network of experts on unemployment insurance, employment and vocational training services among the ASEAN region, these experts/officials are currently implementing the employment insurance scheme or are in the stage of designing the scheme in their respective countries.
1) Lectures given by Japanese experts on selected topics.
2) Site visit at institutions delivering employment insurance services.
3) Knowledge sharing through questions and answers sessions.
- Representatives from the Ministry of Labour and Social Security Organizations of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Philippines, and Singapore