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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. Center of Excellence Project Aims to Create Skilled Workforce for RMG Sector in Bangladesh

    10 June 2014, Dhaka, Bangladesh

    The Government of Bangladesh and the International Labour Organization have signed a new project to establish a Center of Excellence (COE) for Ready Made Garment Sector aimed at creating a skilled labour force for the export oriented industry.

  2. Mongolia boosting business, investment and worker rights

    09 June 2014,

    Mongolia sets up An Employed Mongolian with a Job and Income programme as part of measures to support business, Prime Minister tells ILC delegates.

  3. Lao People’s Democratic Republic ratifies ILO Convention on night work

    06 June 2014, Geneva, Switzerland

    The Lao People’s Democratic Republic has ratified the International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention covering standards for night work, Convention No. 171.

  4. Employers discuss 2015 minimum wage increase, better co-ordination and evidence-based data needed

    05 June 2014,

    Regional minimum wages could increase in 2015 in accordance with growth rate of Gross Domestic Products and inflation, employers’ organizations have recommended.

  5. ILO coordinates the visit of the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights of migrants to Sri Lanka

    04 June 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka

    The International Labour Office Colombo coordinates the visit of the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights of migrants to Sri Lanka

  6. Lesbians, gays, transgender, bisexuals face persistant workplace discrimination - ILO report

    04 June 2014, Bangkok, Thailand

    A new report has found that that people of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities in Thailand face frequent discrimination in the workplace partly due to prejudices common in the Thai society, as well as a lack of protective laws and policies on discrimination.

  7. Samoan Art Schools benefit from Youth Employment Programm (YEP) grants

    03 June 2014, Apia, Samoa

    Three art schools have benefited from the UN Youth Employment Programme in Samoa.

  8. ILO to release report on workplace discrimination against LGBT in Thailand

    30 May 2014, Bangkok, Thailand

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) will release a report on workplace discrimination against lesbians, gays, transgendered people and bisexuals (LGBT) in Thailand.

  9. ILO Director-General Report Stimulates Debate on Fair Labour Migration

    28 May 2014, Suva, Fiji

    Migration is a key aspect of the world of work in the Pacific. Of all world regions, the Pacific has the highest per capita level of international mobility amongst its resident populations, especially those in Polynesia and Micronesia.

  10. Takaaki Sakurada from Japan elected Vice President of 2014 International Labour Conference

    28 May 2014, Geneva, Switzerland

    Mr Takaaki Sakurada has been elected as a Vice-President of the 103rd session of the International Labour Conference (ILC), which opened on Wednesday 28 May in Geneva, Switzerland.

  11. Netherlands would work with ILO in Pakistan to ensure ILS compliant textile exports to Europe

    27 May 2014, Islamabad, Pakistan

    H.E. Lilliane Ploumen, Minister for Trade and Development, Kingdom of Netherlands, has identified a number of avenues where the Textile Industries in Pakistan in collaboration with ILO, can bring improvements in the work practices thus enabling more exports to Europe, while talking at a roundtable organized jointly by ILO and the Netherlands Embassy.

  12. The launch of SCORE programme phase II: Indonesia commits to assist SMEs be more productive and competitive

    26 May 2014, Jakarta, Indonesia

    Small medium enterprises (SMEs) are one of the economic pillars of Indonesia. In 2012, SMEs have contributed 57.4 per cent to the Gross National Product and also play a great role in tackling unemployment by employing 107.6 million of workers (data from the Ministry of Cooperative and SMEs). Considering the strategic role of SMEs in the Indonesian economy, it is important to improve the productivity and competitiveness of SMEs.

  13. ILO to launch world of work 2014 report

    26 May 2014, Bangkok, Thailand

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) is to launch the 2014 World of Work report on Tuesday 27 May.

  14. Occupational Safety and Health Awareness Plans to Prevent Accidents in the RMG Factories

    26 May 2014, Dhaka, Bangladesh

    Speakers at a day long planning workshop on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) stressed on the need for building OSH awareness in the Ready-Made Garment (RMG) factories to reduce risk of accidents and to prevent accidents at work places.

  15. Illegal profits from forced labour in Asia-Pacific estimated at about US$52 billion per year

    20 May 2014, Bangkok, Thailand

    New ILO report estimates that one third of global annual profits of US$150 billion from forced labour are generated in the Asia-Pacific region.

  16. Inauguration of the Mahata-Kusi road

    19 May 2014, Dili, Timor-Leste

    H. E. the President Taun Matan Ruak and H.E. the Ambassador of Australia, Mr. Peter Doyle, will officially inaugurate on 22nd May 2014 at 2 pm the Mahata-Kusi road in Mahata Sub-District, Oecusse. The road has been rehabilitated by the Ministry of Public Works’ Roads for Development Program (R4D) in the period May 2013 – April 2014.

  17. CAD $19.5 million ILO project launched to enhance capacity of workforce in key industries in Bangladesh

    15 May 2014,

    ‘Bangladesh Skills for Employment and Productivity (B-SEP) Project’ is a five year long initiative of the Government of Bangladesh funded by the Government of Canada and implemented by the ILO.

  18. Despite long maternity leave, Viet Nam is left behind in paternity protection

    13 May 2014,

    Viet Nam’s maternity leave is on a par with the developed world but the nation offers no paternity leave whereas nearly half of the countries globally encourage involvement of fathers around childbirth.

  19. Skills and lack of awareness of AEC 2015 a major concern for enterprises, ILO warns

    09 May 2014, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Enterprises throughout the ASEAN region are extremely concerned about the lack of skilled workforce as the 2015 deadline for the start of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) approaches, according to a new report by the International Labour Organization (ILO).

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