Press releases

This is a list of official ILO press releases issued by the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. Some are available in multiple languages, indicated on the top of each release. The most recent release is at the top.


  1. Centre of Excellence for Bangladesh Apparel Industry receives accreditation

    22 November 2015,

    CO-DHAKA (News) - The ILO-supported Centre of Excellence for Bangladesh Apparel Industry has received accreditation from the Bangladesh Technical Education Board.

  2. Launching Ceremony Project on “Enhancing National Capacity to prevent and Reduce Child Labour in Viet Nam (ENHANCE)

    20 November 2015,

    Together MOLISA, ILO and National Stakeholders Preventing and Reducing Child Labour by 2020

  3. Welcoming Viet Nam’s labour rights commitments, ILO stands ready for support

    20 November 2015,

    The International Labour Organization in Viet Nam has welcomed the Government’s commitment to respect, promote and realize the ILO’s fundamental principles and rights at work in its statement released on 20 November 2015

  4. New minimum wage campaign for Lao garment sector

    19 November 2015,

    An education campaign to spread information about the new minimum wage in the garment sector, is being launched by the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare (MOLSW) with the assistance of the International Labour Organization

  5. Labour Inspectors and garment sector meet to improve worker-employer communication

    18 November 2015, Lao People's Democratic Republic

    Representatives from garment factories and Labour Inspectors have begun a collaboration programme designed to improve communication, foster knowledge of labour laws and solve industry problems

  6. The People’s Republic of China ratifies the ILO Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006)

    16 November 2015,

    China is the 68th ILO member State to have ratified this landmark Convention.

  7. Towards a Decent Work Network with academia

    16 November 2015, Islamabad, Pakistan

    A one day consultation was convened with the School of Economics at Quaid-e-AZam University in Islamabad, Pakistan to explore ways of establishing a Decent Work Network with academia in Pakistan.

  8. Symposium on International Labour Standards for Labour Tribunal Presidents

    13 November 2015,

    The International Labour Organization (ILO), together with the Judges Institute of Sri Lanka and the Labour Tribunal Presidents Association organized a Symposium on International Labour Standards on the 13th and 14th of November 2015.

  9. Examining the Indonesian National Health Insurance

    09 November 2015, Jakarta, Indonesia

    Indonesia is moving towards an integrated social protection system. Indonesia has also started a new scheme on national health insurance.

  10. Preventing lung occupational diseases in Indonesia

    09 November 2015, Jakarta, Indonesia

    Occupational deaths and injuries and work-related diseases take a particularly heavy toll in developing countries, including Indonesia.

  11. Preliminary results of ‘Female Labour Force Survey’ and ‘Situation Analysis of Domestic Workers’ disseminated

    03 November 2015, Lahore, Pakistan

    On 28th October 2015, the ILO’s Project on Promoting Decent Work for Decent Employment (GE4DE) funded by DFTAD disseminated the findings of two critical surveys i.e. Female Participation in the Labour Force. The findings will be vital in informing policy, legal and regulatory changes that facilitate women’s productive participation in the world of work.

  12. Providing better protection for Indonesian domestic migrant domestic workers in Malaysia

    03 November 2015, Jakarta, Indonesia

    Malaysia is an important country of destination for migrant domestic workers, the majority of which are from Indonesia. The Malaysian Ministry of Human Resources reported that as at June 2013, there were 180,000 documented migrant domestic workers in Malaysia.

  13. Cambodian garment industry’s solid performance continues in the first half of 2015

    03 November 2015, Cambodia

    The Cambodian garment industry’s solid performance continued in the first half of 2015, according to the ILO's new edition of Cambodian Garment and Footwear Sector Bulletin.

  14. Enterprise improvement and regulation in textiles high on Buyers’ Forum agenda in Pakistan

    30 October 2015, Islamabad

    The fourth Buyers Forum in Pakistan held on 29th October 2015 agreed on a road map covering three areas including compliance with international labour standards; joint advocacy for better policy, laws and regulations and communications for more effective coordination and cooperation.

  15. Promoting safe migration from Pakistan: Induction training of staff for Migrant Resource Centres in Islamabad and Lahore

    29 October 2015, Islamabad, Pakistan

    Participants from the two recently established Migrant Resource Centres in Islamabad and Lahore received training to better equip their clients – the migrants - with knowledge and strategies to safeguard their labour and human rights throughout migration cycle.

  16. ILO to host screening of 'ILO ILO' at the Bangkok International Film Festival

    28 October 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

    The critically acclaimed film "Ilo Ilo" will be screened on 27 November at SF Cinema in Central World, Bangkok.

  17. ILO’s Tripartite Constituents in Pakistan and Stakeholders Design the next Decent Work Country Program III (DWCP, 2016-2020)

    23 October 2015, Islamabad

    The Ministry of OPHRD, EFP and PWF embarked on the technical design of Pakistan’s third Decent Work Country Program. This was during a three day session facilitated by the ILO from 20-22 October 2015. The DWCP, which will be implemented over the period 2016-2020 is aligned to the country’s Vision 2025, will be inclusive in its implementation and takes into account the devolved structures of government as well as the Sustainable development Goals (SDG’s).

  18. ILO welcomes Cambodian National Employment Policy

    22 October 2015, Cambodia

    The National Employment Policy (NEP), which covers the period 2015-2025, was formally launched by the Prime Minister Hun Sen in a ceremony on Thursday 22 October at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh, in the presence of senior government officials, employers’ and workers’ representatives and development partners.

  19. Promoting safe migration from Nepal: Foreign Employment Information and Counselling Center inaugurated at the Kathmandu Labour Village

    08 October 2015, Kathmandu, Nepal

    The ILO, European Union, Foreign Employment Promotion Board and the Non-Resident Nepali Association collaborated to open a Foreign Employment Information and Counselling Center at the Labour Village in Kathmandu. The Center was inaugurated by the Honourable Minister of State Mr Tek Bahadur Gurung, Ministry of Labour and Employment.

  20. ILO’s statement on minimum wage decision in Cambodia

    08 October 2015, Cambodia

    Increasing of the monthly minimum wage for workers in the garment, textile and footwear industries to US $140.

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