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The introduction of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) at the end of next year could spur growth in Viet Nam’s GDP by 14.5 per cent and growth in jobs by an additional 10.5 per cent by 2025, according to a country brief for Vietnam, based on the new report by ILO and ADB.
Singapore Minister for Manpower, Tan Chuan Jin talks about his country's competitive labour market and its low youth employment rate.
Small Island Developing States
Seasonal work in New Zealand picking fruit provides not only jobs for people from Pacific island countries, but also opportunities to return home with new skills.
© ILO/J. Wongpaithoon 2014
Than Wai Aung, a migrant worker from Myanmar, turned himself from a construction worker into a mushroom entrepreneur wit the help of the ILO's C-BED business skills training.
The AEC will create new opportunities for jobs and prosperity for the region’s 600 million women and men. However, unless managed properly, the AEC could aggravate existing inequalities.
The ILO has been working to improve the conditions of indigenous and tribal peoples since the 1920s. Despite progress, the path to an inclusive and fair society is far from over.
The well-publicised case of the abused Indonesian maid Erwiana Sulistyaningsih placed a spotlight on the plight of a vulnerable and often invisible population, migrant domestic workers.
Seasonal workers from Papua New Guinea have just embarked on their latest overseas journey. Working on a large Australian fruit farm gives them more income, and an ILO project helps them to use it to build a brighter future for them and their families.
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How an ILO supported project helped a local community to improve their farming practices, develop their market access, create jobs and support the development of small and medium-sized enterprises.

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  1. The ILO and the G20 

    G20 faces persistent gaps in employment and job quality

    The G20 Labour and Employment Ministerial meeting will be hosted by Australia's Minister for Employment. The Director-General Guy Ryder, will join the Meeting, during which the ILO will present a number of reports on employment issues that have been prepared to inform the Ministerial discussions.

     ILO Director-General welcomes G20's "ambitious" commitments to promote decent jobs

  1. Press release

    ILO Thai Twitter account launched

    The ILO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific today launched a Twitter account in Thai language.The account can be found on Twitter @ILOThai, with the name ILO ภาษาไทย.

  2. ASEAN report

    ASEAN Community 2015: Managing integration for better jobs and shared prosperity

    The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), a single regional common market and production base, will become a reality in 2015. New opportunities for growth and prosperity will emerge, but the challenge is to ensure that growth is inclusive and prosperity is shared. The report examines the impact of the AEC on labour markets and offers evidence-based policy recommendations.

  3. Publication

    Samoa labour market update

    This update was prepared by Kee Beom Kim of the Decent Work Technical Support Team for East and South-East Asia and the Pacific and Phu Huynh of the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, with contributions from David Lamotte, Satoshi Sasaki, Tomasi Penni and Sophia Kagan. It provides a snapshot of economic and labour market trends in Samoa based on official data available as of 31 July 2014.

  4. E-newsletter

    News@ILO, September 2014

    The latest newsletter of the ILO Regional Office in Asia and the Pacific, covering the latest activities in the region, upcoming activities and recent publications.

  5. Press release

    International Labour Organization (ILO) welcomes US/Myanmar announcement on labour market collaboration

    With the ILO's technical support,the Governments of the United States and the Republic of the Union of Myanmar will work together to support the promotion of fundamental labour rights and practices in Myanmar.

  6. School to work transition

    Young workers in Asia face instability and vulnerability

    A new International Labour Organization (ILO) report on the transitions of young people from education to the employment market in Asia and the Pacific, finds majority of youth in the region are either in low quality jobs or unemployed.

  7. Media advisory

    ILO to promote decent work in Small Island Developing States at SIDS Conference in Samoa

    The ILO will call for greater emphasis on decent job creation as a path to sustainable development at the United Nations Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Conference in Apia, Samoa from 1-4 September 2014

Key resources

  1. Global Employoment Trends 2014: Risk of a jobless recovery

    The ILO's latest study on employment trends looks at global and regional employment trends - including unemployment, working poverty and vulnerable employment - and highlights growing concerns about the quality of jobs.

  2. World of Work 2014 report

    This year’s edition focuses on developing countries and argues that quality jobs are a key driver for development. It draws on evidence from over 140 developing countries and finds that a common factor amongst those countries that have achieved higher per capita income and sustained growth was quality jobs.

  3. Labour related statistics

    A database of labour statistics and methodologies covering the economically active population, employment, unemployment, wages and related variables.

  4. Global jobs pact

    This global policy instrument addresses the social and employment impact of the international financial and economic crisis. It promotes a productive recovery centred on investments, employment and social protection.

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