Workshop on Dissemination Employer Skills Need Survey and consultation plan of activities for 2021-2023

The ILO/China Partnership Programme and Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LNCCI) of Lao People Democratic Republic jointly organized workshop on Dissemination of Employer Skills Needs Survey Findings on 18 March 2021 at Lao Plaza Hotel, Vientiane, Lao PDR with on-line access via Zoom.

Group Photos of Participants from meeting venue in Vientiane, Lao PDR and on-line platform
A total of 50 representatives (22 females) participated in this workshop, representing Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, Lao Federation of Trade Union, Ministry of Planning and Investment, Ministry of Education and Sport, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Ministry of Public Works and Transport, Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Lao Women Union, Handicraft Association, Public and Private TVET institutions, Skills Development Center, Association of enterprise, industries, private companies and research institutes etc. The ILO Country Coordinator in Lao PDR and ILO Decent Work Team for East and South-East Asia and the Pacific were also represented at the Meeting.

Participant sharing observation and insights
The Survey reached out to 1,000 member enterprises during pandemic of COVID-19 and 465 enterprise responded by filling in a detailed questionnaire. The survey was conducted in five provinces, including Vientiane capital, Vientiane, Champasak, Savannakhet and Luang Prabang provinces. The survey analysed the impacts of CoVid-19 on employment, enterprise marketing, cash flow and Business operation during COVID-19.

Participants discussed about the findings of the Survey, conducted consultation on work-plan of activities for 2021-2023 under the Programme. The workshop highlighted the significance of increased cooperation between public and private sectors in addressing the challenges of skills mismatch and employment services for youth, women and other vulnerable groups in their pursuit to Decent Work.