Press releases

This is a list of official ILO press releases issued by the ILO Office in Sri Lanka. The most recent release is at the top.


  1. Colombo Process convened the first joint Thematic Area Working Group meeting on Skills and Qualification Recognition and Labour Market Analysis

    13 February 2018

    Sri Lanka as the Chair of the Colombo Process Thematic Area Working Group (TAWG) on Skills and Qualification Recognition and Thailand as the Chair of the TAWG on Labour Market Analysis co-hosted a joint TAWG meeting on 23-24 January 2018 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

  2. The World of Work

    04 February 2018

    Simrin Singh officially took over as the new Country Director for the ILO Country Office for Sri Lanka and the Maldives on 1 April last year. In this exclusive interview with LMD, she highlights a number of priorities for both policy makers and business in general, with a special focus on labour and the employment landscape.

  3. Equipping Sri Lanka to Counter Human Trafficking

    24 January 2018

    The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs awards the ILO Country Office for Sri Lanka and the Maldives a new project: “Equipping Sri Lanka to Counter Trafficking in Persons (EQUIP)”

  4. Employment in Asia-Pacific continues to grow but often remains of poor quality

    22 January 2018

    ILO’s flagship report shows that despite sustained job growth, decent work deficits and informality challenge prospects of further reduction in working poverty in Asia and the Pacific.


  1. Norway joins hands with ILO to support Employment Generation and Livelihoods through Reconciliation

    27 October 2017

    H.E. Mr. Thorbjørn Gaustadsæther, the Ambassador to Norway in Sri Lanka launched the Employment Generation and Livelihoods through Reconciliation (EGLR) project in Jaffna on 19th October 2017 in the presence of government officials, members of the community and local polity.

  2. Improving livelihoods through cooperatives - ILO LEED project in Northern Sri Lanka

    27 September 2017

  3. Shaping the 4th Decent Work Country Programme for Sri Lanka

    25 August 2017

    The ILO Country Office is about to embark on an involved and inclusive process that will lead to a new ILO Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP) 2018-2022 for the country.

  4. ILO launches Global Commission on the Future of Work

    21 August 2017

    In the presence of the Prime Minister of Sweden and the President of Mauritius, the ILO has launched a high-level international body to address the challenges of the rapidly transforming world of work.

  5. ILO to establish Global Commission on the Future of Work

    16 August 2017

    On 21 August, the Prime Minister of Sweden and the President of Mauritius will launch the new international body during a high-level event in Geneva.

  6. Breathing new life into the National Labour Advisory Council

    17 July 2017

    The Ministry of Labour & Trade Union Relations in collaboration with the International Labour Office (ILO) hosted a tripartite national forum towards that aimed at building consensus to reinvigorate tripartite social dialogue and promote cooperation on 14th July 2017 in Colombo

  7. The European Union and ILO join hands with VTASL to provide NVQ certification for 90 youth in Batticaloa

    28 June 2017

    Under the European Union Support to District Development Programme (EU-SDDP), International Labour Organization (ILO) have joined hands with Vocational Training Authority of Sri Lanka (VTASL) to increase the skilled labour force in 2 trades namely Heavy equipment operators (60 beneficiaries) and modern dress making (30 beneficiaries) in Batticaloa District.

  8. Sri Lanka stands at a delicate moment in making child labour one for the history books

    23 June 2017

    On 22nd June, in collaboration with the Girl Guides Association and the UNICEF, the ILO hosted an event in Colombo to raise awareness on how Sri Lanka can protect children from child labour, particularly in conflict and disaster situations.

  9. “In conflicts and disasters, protect children from child labour” ILO calls to build resilience in vulnerable communities in Sri Lanka

    10 June 2017

    World Day Against Child Labour 12th of June, 2017 brings to light the impact that conflicts and disasters can have on child labour.

  10. Optimize the collection and use of OSH data

    04 May 2017

    This year’s World Day for Safety and Health emphasized the critical need for countries to improve their capacity to collect and utilize reliable occupational safety and health (OSH) data.

  11. Less than 5 % of the migrant workers are systematically trained and carry certificates that show their qualifications

    21 April 2017

    Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission and the International Labour Organization co-hosted a national consultation and process validation workshop to generate ideas on how relevant stakehol.ders can further cooperate and improve the current Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) system

  12. Sri Lankan employers, unions and government confirm social dialogue essential for national wage fixation

    05 April 2017

  13. New Country Director for the ILO Office in Sri Lanka and the Maldives

    01 April 2017

    Ms Simrin Singh has officially taken over as the new Country Director for the ILO Country Office for the Sri Lanka and the Maldives on 1st April 2017.

  14. Launch of the Employment Generation and Livelihoods through Reconciliation (EGLR) Project in Northern Sri Lanka

    15 March 2017

    The Project on Employment Generation and Livelihoods through Reconciliation funded by the Government of Norway was launched in Vavuniya on the 15th of March 2017

  15. Women in Asia: High contribution, little rewards

    01 March 2017

    Women's labour force participation has either fallen or remained stagnant across Asia says the ILO ahead of International Women’s Day. An ILO book reviews the role of women in Asia’s economic transformation and highlights the barriers they face in the region’s labour market.

  16. Report on Child Activity Survey 2016 of Sri Lanka Launched

    21 February 2017

    The Department of Census and Statistics (DCS) in Sri Lanka launched the report of the Child Activity Survey (CAS) 2016 on 21st of February, 2017. The survey was conducted at the request of the Ministry of Labour and Trade Union Relations. International Labour Organization (ILO) provided technical assistance and the United States Department of Labour financially supported to conduct this country-wide household survey in 2016.