ILO and Singapore moving forward to promote decent work in Southeast Asia

Press release | 05 June 2018
(L) Mr Aubeck Kam, Permanent Secretary of the Singapore Ministry of Manpower, (R) Ms Tomoko Nishimoto, ILO Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific
GENEVA (ILO news) – The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Singapore Ministry of Manpower have renewed their Partnership Agreement to promote decent work in Southeast Asia.


The ILO and the Singapore Ministry of Manpower have enjoyed a longstanding cooperation to foster the decent work agenda in Asia and the Pacific. Since 2011, they have developed their collaboration in the areas of occupational safety and health, tripartism and social dialogue, labour market information and labour migration.

Finalized in consultation with the workers’ and employers’ organizations of Singapore, the renewed partnership agreement runs until the end of 2020. It will enhance capacities of social partners in ILO and ASEAN member States in the field of labour and promote the Decent Work Agenda.

It will also strengthen Decent Work aspects of the ASEAN regional integration process through exchange of knowledge and South-South cooperation.

Joint activities will include the organization of Sub-Regional Workshop on the implementation of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006) for ASEAN Countries and Mongolia, from 10 to 13 July 2018 in Singapore, and the 11th ASEAN Forum on Migrant Labour (AFML) 29-30 October 2018.

The agreement was signed by Ms Tomoko Nishimoto, ILO Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, and Mr Aubeck Kam, Permanent Secretary of the Singapore Ministry of Manpower, on Wednesday 6 June 2018 at a ceremony held during the 107th International Labour Conference (ILC) in Geneva, Switzerland.

“We are delighted that Singapore has renewed the partnership agreement with the ILO for the fourth time,” Ms Nishimoto said. “Our fruitful cooperation has benefited the region’s development, by integrating the three dimensions of sustainability – economic, social and environmental in our joint activities. While advancing social justice, in line with ILO’s mandate as it enters its second century, this renewed partnership will also contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in Asia.”

Mr Kam said: “Singapore is delighted to renew its partnership agreement with the ILO. We strongly believe that tripartism is the foundation for the promotion of decent work for all workers. Working with the ILO enables us to share our belief in tripartism with Asia-Pacific, and is our contribution to promoting decent work for all in the region.”

The Partnership Agreement between the ILO and the Singapore Ministry of Manpower was first signed in June 2011, and renewed in 2014 and 2016. Activities organized under the agreement included the organisation of the 21st World Congress on Safety and Health in Singapore in 2017, technical cooperation to improve occupational safety and health in Brunei, a workshop on resolving employment disputes for ASEAN countries, a Singapore-Norway Third Country Training Programme on the Decent Work Agenda, a training-of-trainers workshop on Risk Assessment in the Philippines, training for labour inspectors in Vietnam, study visits by Vietnamese and Cambodian delegations on the topics of industrial relations and the National Wages Council, as well as training on Labour Force Surveys for government delegates of Brunei Darussalam. 

For further information, please contact:

Rakawin Leechanavanichpan
Programme Officer
ILO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok
rakawin@ilo.org

Tan Yong Kiang
Senior Assistant Director, Corporate Communications
Ministry of Manpower
TAN_Yong_Kiang@mom.gov.sg