Singapore - 29-30 April 2019

Regional conference on the future of work in Asia

The Government of Singapore, in collaboration with the social partners and in partnership with the ILO, will host a regional tripartite conference to discuss the recommendations of the report of the Global Commission on the Future of Work.

The Conference will bring together 650 to 700 government, worker and employer representatives from ASEAN member states (Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Brunei, Laos); ASEAN’s six dialogue partners - Australia, China, India, Japan, Korea and New Zealand; and Mongolia and Timor-Leste.

A series of panel sessions with ASEAN's Labour Ministers, ILO Director General Guy Ryder, tripartite guest speakers and Commissioners from the ILO's Global Commission on the Future of Work will enable participants to enter into in-depth discussions on the Report of the ILO's Global Commission on the Future of Work: Work for a brighter Future.
Key speakers include:
  • Mr Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Finance;
  • Mrs Josephine Teo, Minister for Manpower and Second Minister for Home Affairs;
  • Mr Guy Ryder, Director-General, ILO;
  • Ms Reema Nanavaty, Former General Secretary, Self-Employed Women’s Association of India and Member of the ILO Global Commission;
  • Dr Robert Yap, President, Singapore National Employers Federation; and
  • Mr Ng Chee Meng, Secretary-General, National Trades Union Congress
A Technical Workshop will be held on 30 April 2019 to further discuss and share different approaches and measures to prepare for the Future of Work.

More information on the conference soon available on this page.


Work for a brighter future: A call for a human centred agenda
Following almost 18 months of work, the independent 27-member Commission on the future of work issued its analysis of the challenges caused by new technology, climate change and demography. The report outlines a vision for a human-centred agenda in response to the disruptions they are causing in the world of work. A Universal Labour Guarantee, social protection from birth to old age and an entitlement to lifelong learning are among ten recommendations made in the report.