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. Sindh acknowledges ILO’s assistance

    02 September 2015, Karachi

    Tripartite partners had a consented viewpoint in ILO’s assistance to Sindh over the years. Workers paid fraternal regards to ILO Country Director Francesco d’Ovidio on the extraordinary achievements specially after the Baldia tragedy, some three years back. Sindh Government’s representative reaffirmed their commitment to take ahead the labour inspection reform process. Employers federation highlighted ILO’s role in creation of province wide tripartite forum, providing equal voice to all labour market actors. Mr d’Ovidio urged the need to divert attention on developing next Decent Work Country Plan for Pakistan.

  2. National Gender Sensitive Labour Inspection Database Launched by the Government

    02 September 2015, Islamabad

    The Gender Sensitive Labour Inspection System (GSIS) web portal has been developed under the ILO’s project on ‘Promoting Gender Equality for Decent Employment’ (GE4DE), as part of its work with provincial governments’ Departments of Labour (DOL) to mainstream gender in labour inspection. The system is aimed at assisting the Labour Inspectors in their routine inspections by providing measurable indicators for gauging progress against gender-inclusive target.

  3. Employers committed to more and better jobs through socially responsible labour practices in Pakistan

    01 September 2015, Sialkot

    Employers pledged their commitment to create more and better jobs through socially responsible labour practices in the Sialkot sports goods industry. Almost 50 representatives from business, workers and the government attended the awareness raising seminar held on 27 August under ILO’s project “More and Better Jobs through Socially Responsible Labour practices in Pakistan”.

  4. Training for labour inspectors commences in Lao People's Democratic Republic

    31 August 2015,

    Labour inspectors from the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare (MOLSW) will start a five-day training course today (31 August), intended to give them the skills necessary to help enhance working conditions, worker safety and, ultimately, productivity in the Lao PDR garment sector.

  5. Training for labour inspectors commences in Lao People’s Democratic Republic

    31 August 2015, Lao PDR

    The ILO helps Lao People’s Democratic Republic to build labour inspectors’ capacity to assist garment factories improve working conditions and productivity through workplace cooperation.

  6. First Project Advisory Committee-ILO, PTEA Public Private Partnership

    25 August 2015, Islamabad

    On 25th August 2015, the first meeting of the Project Advisory Committee (PAC) for the ‘Public Private Partnership (PPP) for ILS Compliance and Reporting in Textile Sector in Faisalabad’ was convened and chaired by Mr Khizar Hayat, Federal Secretary, Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development.

  7. Efforts launched to combat child labour in Punjab’s brick kilns

    25 August 2015, Nankana

    The ILO in Pakistan in collaboration with the Government of Punjab launched an enrolment campaign of Brick Kiln workers children into the educational system. Under this campaign government of Punjab will provide free education, school bags and books to the brick kiln children enrolled to schools.

  8. Roll out of Entrepreneurship Training underway - Know About Business

    24 August 2015, Karachi

    As part of its mandate, ILO is promoting entrepreneurship and business education among poor rural masses for improving their Human Security in Sindh Province. A total of 26 women and men were trained as KAB-Facilitators on ‘Know About Business’ training module. These trainers would further reach out to 500 prospective entrepreneurs with support of the Livelihood Restoration Project.

  9. ILO, UNICEF & WHO call for stronger support to women for breastfeeding infants at home and work

    20 August 2015, Manila, Philippines

    The United Nations represented by the ILO, UNICEF and WHO call for a stronger support base in the Philippines to enable women to combine breastfeeding and work, in observance of Breastfeeding Awareness Month this August.

  10. Mutual recognition of skills in Asean Economic Community discussed

    19 August 2015,

    Accelerating the mutual recognition of skills as an essential tool for safe migration and labour protection in the ASEAN region was discussed at a meeting held by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Bangkok, Thailand.

  11. The ILO reaffirms its commitment to support its constituents in Baluchistan Province

    18 August 2015, Quetta

    The Baluchistan Development Vision and Strategy framework defines the provinces approach for creating 1.5 million “decent” jobs and reducing the unemployment rate to less than 5%. Achievements and challenges pertaining to the welfare of workers in the province were discussed at length during the Country Director’s last visit to the province

  12. ILO pledges continued support for the realisation of Decent Work in KP Province

    18 August 2015, Peshawar

    The ILO Country Director for Pakistan, Mr Francesco d’Ovidio visited Peshawar on 17th August 2015 on his final mission to meet tripartite stakeholders (Government, Employers and Workers) in KP Province and review the ongoing support interventions.

  13. District Model for Social Protection Developed for KP Province

    17 August 2015, Islamabad

    In line with the Social Protection Floors Recommendation, 2012 (No. 202), a comprehensive social protection system for the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has been developed in consultation with the Federal and Provincial Governments and piloted in two Districts including Peshawar and Nowshera. To streamline this system, a three-day consultative workshop on ‘How to implement Social Protection Floors” was delivered by International Labour Organization (ILO) in collaboration with the Planning & Development (P&D) Department of KP Government from 10-12 August

  14. 160 labour inspectors to receive comprehensive labour inspection training

    16 August 2015, Dhaka, Bangladesh

    DHAKA - A comprehensive labour inspection training programme was launched today that will see 160 labour inspectors gain the skills needed to boost working conditions and worker safety in Bangladesh.

  15. ILO Asisstant Director General & Regional Director for Aisa and the Pacific Visits Colombo

    07 August 2015, Colombo, Sri Lanka

    The International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Assistant Director General and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, Ms Tomoko Nishimoto, will visit to Sri Lanka from 8th to 15th August 2015, at the invitation of the Ministry of Labour and Labour Relations.

  16. Any reform and integration must be beneficial to all

    31 July 2015,

    ILO Country Director Gyorgy Sziraczki shares his views on key labour and employment issues in Viet Nam in the past few years and looks ahead to the country’s near future.

  17. ILO calls for greater partnership and sustainability in livelihood support following disasters

    27 July 2015, Manila, Philippines

    On 6 August the ILO and its partners will convene to share key lessons, impact, and challenges in placing sustainable livelihood at the forefront of post-disaster relief, recovery, and development.

  18. Most Vietnamese wage earners are young, dynamic and mobile

    21 July 2015,

    Young and dynamic women and men make up the biggest group among Viet Nam’s wage workers, who are willing to migrate within the country to find work, shows a new policy brief issued by the International Labour Organization (ILO).

  19. Growth continues for Cambodia's garment and footwear sector

    16 July 2015, Cambodia

    the ILO’s new Bulletin on Cambodia’s garment and footwear sector launched on 16 July 2015 in Phnom Penh.

  20. Thai rock stars song against child labour reaches one million hits

    13 July 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

    The anti-child labour song recorded by two of Thailand’s rock music icons has reached a million hits on social media within less than one month of being released.

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