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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. ILO Assistant Director-General and Asia-Pacific Regional Director makes first visit to Lao People's Democratic Republic

    07 May 2014, Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic

    The International Labour Organization’s ILO Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, Mr Yoshiteru Uramoto, has made his first official visit to Lao People's Democratic Republic.

  2. Employers to review ASEAN labour market challenges

    07 May 2014, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    The labour market challenges created by a more integrated ASEAN economy will be discussed at a meeting in Kuala Lumpur on Friday, 9 May 2014.

  3. World Day for Safety and Health - 28th April

    28 April 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka

    “Safety and health in the use of chemicals at work“ – World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2014equality”

  4. World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2014: Promoting a safety culture in Indonesian small and medium enterprises

    28 April 2014, Jakarta, Indonesia

    Employing more than 95 per cent of the world’s working population, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the main source of employment in developing countries, including Indonesia. In Indonesia, SMEs have also become a significant support to the sustainable development of the economy and important channel to absorb surplus labour. In fact, more than 60 per cent of the labour force is employed in SMEs.

  5. Thousands of garment workers to learn proper use of personal protective equipment

    25 April 2014,

    With one in every ten fatal accidents at work now linked to missing personal protective equipment, Better Work Vietnam’s annual “Safety Fun Run” aims to educate garment workers on measures to guard against workplace hazards.

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    One year after Rana Plaza: Progress and the Way Forward

    24 April 2014,

    Employer and union representatives join the ILO, donors and Government of Bangladesh representatives at a high-level event in Dhaka to mark the one year anniversary of the Rana Plaza tragedy.

  7. Employers’ Seminar on Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining emphasizes training on rights and responsibilities.

    24 April 2014,

    Dhaka – Employers’ organizations expressed their full respect for freedom of association and collective bargaining at a high-level meeting here, organized by the BGMEA, BKMEA and BEF, with senior representatives of the Government of Bangladesh and the ILO.

  8. The Rana Plaza Coordination Committee pays out BDT 50,000 to each victim of Rana Plaza collapse

    22 April 2014,

    The Rana Plaza Coordination Committee has made today made available approximately BDT 14,20,00,000 to make payments of 50,00BDT to eligible claimants through the BKash system. Payment is being made in respect of all injured workers, dependents of the deceased and missing workers, as well as the non-injured workers.

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    ILO Deputy DG welcomes advance payments to Rana Plaza survivors and victims' families

    22 April 2014,

    Initial disbursements of TK 50,000 (US$ 645) made to survivors and families of those who died in the Rana Plaza building collapse in April 2013.

  10. Officials of over 140 newly registered RMG sector Trade Unions receive Orientation on Freedom of Association

    22 April 2014,

    Leaders of 141 newly registered trade unions of the RMG factories along with leaders of over 80 trade union federation in Bangladesh received a day long orientation on issues like collective bargaining and freedom of association.

  11. Training of trainers towards flexible training approaches

    10 April 2014, Hyderabad, Pakistan

    The ILO project “Livelihood Restoration, Protection and Sustainable Empowerment of Vulnerable Peasant Communities in Sindh Province” (LRP) in collaboration with International Training Center (ITC-ILO) organized the first Training of Trainers (TOT) workshop on Training of Trainers towards Flexible Training Approaches at Indus Hotel Hyderabad. The training was attended by UN and government officials, trainers of Government and private vocational training institutions.

  12. ILO Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific concluded his mission to Kathmandu with a sense of unequivocal support to and a great optimism for Nepal

    10 April 2014, Kathmandu, Nepal

    The International Labour Organization's Assistant Director General and Regional Director, Mr Yoshiteru Uramoto, visited Nepal from 6 to 9 April 2014. The visit was part of his relentless commitment to reinforce relations with the ILO constituents at country level.

  13. ILO to help Brunei upgrade labour market data

    09 April 2014, BRUNEI DARUSSALAM

    Brunei Darussalam’s first labour force survey is to be carried out in 2014, as part of a new project that will pave the way for a comprehensive national labour market information system.

  14. Signing of joint initiative with the Ministry of Labour and Employment (MoLE) to protect women and girls from trafficking

    03 April 2014, Kathmandu, Nepal

    The Ministry of Labour and Employment (MoLE) and the ILO Nepal signed a partnership agreement for implementation of the Work in Freedom Programme funded by the Government of UK/ Department for International Development (DFID). The “Work in Freedom” is a five years programme aims to prevent women and girls from being trafficked and trapped for labour exploitation in foreign employment, particularly in domestic work. The major interventions of the programme includes information sharing and awareness raising at source areas; improve monitoring and enforcement of ethical recruitment practices; strengthen capacity of service providers to improve work place practices and support services; provide technical assistance to the government for design, monitoring, and enforcement of law and policies; and knowledge management through conducting study and research. At the regional level, the programme will work in Nepal, India, and Bangladesh as an origin countries and Lebanon, Jordan, and India as destination countries of women migrant workers. In Nepal, the programme will be implemented in 8 source districts in addition to the national level interventions in Kathmandu to reach approximately 25,000 women migrant (or potential migrant) workers throughout the period.

  15. EU, ILO and IOM join forces to promote ethical recruitment

    02 April 2014, Makati City, Philippines

    Many migrants continue to be exposed to the risk of being lured into exploitative employment by unscrupulous brokers. The ILO, IOM and the EU convene Asian recruitment agencies in Manila to discuss ways to improve migration governance systems, ethical recruitment and the professionalization of the industry.

  16. Signing of Strengthening National Rural Transport Programme

    28 March 2014, Kathmandu, Nepal

    On 28 March 2014, the ILO and the Department of Local Infrastructure Development and Agricultural Roads (DoLIDAR), Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development signed an agreement for the implementation of the routine maintenance component under the Strengthening National Rural Transport Programme (SNRTP). The SNRTP was negotiated between the Government of Nepal and the WB to enhance the availability and reliability of transport connectivity for rural communities in 33 districts. The agreement with the ILO covers a 5 years period with an estimated cost of $6.5 million.

  17. Minister opens training for private recruitment agencies on new migrant worker regulations

    25 March 2014, Phnom Penh

    The first training for private recruitment agencies on new regulations governing the sending of Cambodians to work abroad is held in Phnom Penh.

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  19. Transparency drives improvements in factory working conditions

    17 March 2014,

    The ILO - Better Factories Cambodia launched an online transparency database showing how individual garment factories measure up on key working conditions. Factories included in the database already made improvements on legal requirements.

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