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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. 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.

  2. 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”

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Launch of skill development initiative for domestic workers

    19 February 2014, Lahore, Pakistan

    The ILO office for Pakistan and the Women Development Department Government of the Punjab have joined hands to start a pilot training programme to skill and re-skill domestic workers. The programme aims to improve the standard of domestic work as well as to enhance the employability and living and working conditions of domestic workers.

  9. Lessons from Japan's tsunami response to aid Philippines Typhoon Haiyan victims

    19 February 2014, Tokyo, Japan

    A high-level ILO delegation from the Philippines agreed during a visit to Japan that creating decent work opportunities will be the key to the long-term success of the response to Typhoon Haiyan.

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

    10 February 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka

    The International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Assistant Director General and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, Mr Yoshiteru Uramoto, visited Sri Lanka from 5 to 6 February 2014, at the invitation of the Ministry of Labour and Labour Relations.

  11. ILO welcomes the upgrading of the Bangladesh Labour Inspectorate

    09 February 2014,

    The ILO welcomes the decision of the Government of Bangladesh to upgrade the Chief Inspector of Factories and Establishments office to a ‘Department’. With this upgrade, the number of labour and factory inspectors will increase to a total of 575 from the current 183 positions.

  12. Rebuilding livelihoods after super typhoon Haiyan

    05 February 2014, Manila, Philippines

    Three months after Super Typhoon Haiyan hit parts of the Philippines, the ILO response programme is expanding with the support of the Governments of Norway and Japan, the International Maritime Employers’ Council and other partners.

  13. Matching jobseekers with jobs in Lao People's Democratic Republic

    28 January 2014, Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic

    A new project to expand job services and improve labour market information was launched in Lao People's Democratic Republic. The project will be executed by the International Labour Organization (ILO) with funding from the People’s Republic of China.

  14. © EyePress News 2014
    New labour inspectors on board to ensure compliance

    22 January 2014,

    To achieve sustainable reform in labour inspection system in Bangladesh, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the program “Promotion of Social and Environmental Standards in the Industry” (PSES), implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), joined hands to develop capacity of the newly recruited labour inspectors of the Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments (DIFE).

  15. Asia-Pacific needs to create more, better jobs says new employment trends report by ILO

    21 January 2014, Bangkok, Thailand

    The weak global economic recovery failed to translate into an improvement in the world’s labour markets in 2013, and as global unemployment worsened the largest increases came in East Asia and South Asia, according to a new report by the International Labour Organization (ILO).

  16. Matching jobseekers with jobs in Cambodia

    17 January 2014, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    A new project to expand job services and improve labour market information was launched in Cambodia today. The project is executed by the International Labour Organization (ILO) with funding from the People’s Republic of China.

  17. ILO to publish annual report on global employment trends

    17 January 2014, Bangkok, Thailand

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) will launch its annual report, “Global Employment Trends 2014” (GET) on Wednesday 22 January.

  18. Initiatives to put trade unions to the new height

    13 January 2014,

    Pilot programmes to strengthen the role and capacity of upper-level trade unions in the country’s select industrial hubs will be launched in the northern port city of Hai Phong on 14 January.

  19. Media persons awarded to highlight real issues of women’s economic empowerment

    08 January 2014, Islamabad, Pakistan

    Seven journalists from print and electronic media from across Pakistan have won awards from ILO for excellence in reporting on issues relating to labour and gender.

  20. ILO: Sustainable livelihoods key for post-Haiyan recovery

    07 January 2014, Manila, Philippines

    Building on years of experience, the ILO is helping survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan restore their livelihoods by supporting the government in providing emergency employment, skills training and enterprise development.

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