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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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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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  9. 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.

  10. Norway funds effort to strengthen labour rights, improve occupational health and safety for 4,000 Bangladeshi workers in garment, leather and shrimp sectors

    16 March 2014,

    "Decent Work and fair globalization are important and related objectives on the Norwegian Government’s agenda. Everybody must enjoy basic workers’ rights, work in an environment where standards are respected, and receive their share of the wealth created,” stated H. E. Ms Merete Lundemo, Ambassador of Norway to Bangladesh.

  11. Japanese Government donates US$3 million to help Typhoon Haiyan victims

    13 March 2014, BANGKOK

    The Japanese Government is to fund a US$3,000,000 project to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan rebuild their livelihoods.

  12. New reports outline policy framework for higher growth and more and better jobs

    12 March 2014, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    Two major reports that lay out the challenges and opportunities for sustainable business development in Cambodia were launched on Wednesday 12 March 2014 in Phnom Penh.

  13. New reports to outline ways to improve investment climate in Cambodia

    12 March 2014, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    Two reports that lay out the challenges and opportunities for sustainable business development in Cambodia will be launched on Wednesday 12 March 2014 in Phnom Penh.

  14. International Women’s Day 2014 - 8 March

    10 March 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka

    Message from ILO Director-General : “We join our efforts with all who are striving for gender equality”

  15. The ILO Office for Pacific Island Countries Calls on Governments, Employers and Unions to Focus on Eliminating Gender Discrimination and Harassment in the workplace

    07 March 2014, Suva, Fiji

    The occasion of International Women’s Day provides an important opportunity to reflect on progress towards gender equality in the labour markets of Pacific Island Countries.

  16. TESDA, ILO aid typhoon survivors with training and tools

    06 March 2014, Manila, Philippines

    The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and the ILO signed a partnership agreement to help thousands of people affected by Haiyan through skills training, decent work and sustainable livelihoods.

  17. ILO body adopts new minimum monthly wage for seafarers

    06 March 2014, Suva, Fiji

    The mechanism is the only one in the ILO for setting the basic wage for any industry.

  18. New Country Director for the ILO Country Office for China and Mongolia

    04 March 2014,

    Mr Tim De Meyer has taken up his post as the International Labour Organization's (ILO) new Country Director in Beijing.

  19. Union registrations rise sharply in Bangladesh garment sector: New labour laws pave way to improve conditions, workers’ rights

    20 February 2014,

    The 30 labour officials examined recent changes to labour laws in Bangladesh, which will promote workers’ rights, and facilitate the registration of new trade unions.

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