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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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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).

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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”

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. © Jewel Samad / AFP 2014
    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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. © Munir Uz Zaman / AFP 2014
    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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

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