ILO Office for Sri Lanka (CO–Colombo)

Welcome to the ILO Country Office for Sri Lanka and the Maldives

The strong cooperation between Sri Lanka and the ILO dates back to Sri Lanka’s admission to the ILO in 1948. We deliver our technical and financial assistance to Sri Lanka through a Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP), developed in full consultation with our tripartite partners; the Employer’s Federation of Ceylon (EFC), the Trade Unions and the Government (Ministry of Labour and Labour Relations as our focal point).

Decent work is captured in four strategic objectives: fundamental principles and rights at work and international labour standards; employment and income opportunities; social protection and social security; and social dialogue and tripartism. These objectives hold for all workers, women and men, in both formal and informal economies; in wage employment or working on their own account; in the fields, factories and offices; in their home or in the community.

The ILO also believes that decent work is central to efforts to reduce poverty, and is a means for achieving equitable, inclusive and sustainable development in Sri Lanka.

The Republic of Maldives joined the ILO in 2009 as the 183rd member state. An archipelago consisting of about 1,200 small low-lying islands, Maldives numbers a population of about 300,000 and 80,000 migrant workers with tourism and fishing acting as major generators of income and employment.

Projects in the Maldives are coordinated by the office in Colombo and presently focused on the development of labour market institutions, social dialogue, tripartism and ratification of ILO’s core labour conventions.

What's New

  1. The Skills Gap in Four Industrial Sectors in Sri Lanka

    The skills gap survey attempts to review conditions of demand and supply related to skills development in four industrial sectors that the government of Sri Lanka has ear-marked for long term development. They are the information and communication technology industry (ICT), the tourism and hospitality industry (THI), construction and light engineering.

  2. Technology lightens the load for factory inspector

    ‘LISA’ App on a tablet makes her job in Colombo easier and helps monitor cases and ensure compliance with labour laws

  3. “There is no inevitability, no excuse: Forced labour can be stopped”

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder vows ILO leadership in fight against forced labour on World Day of Social Justice.

  4. Mr. Yajith de Silva joins the ILO's Getting to Zero at Work Campaign

    Mr. Yajith de Silva, General Manager, Watawala Plantations PLC, Sri Lanka promotes voluntary HIV counselling and testing and assures protection of jobs for workers who test positive for HIV.

  5. Mr. Kishu Gomes joins the ILO's Getting to Zero at Work Campaign

    Mr. Kishu Gomes, Managing Director, CEO Chevron Lubricants Lanka PLC, Sri Lanka advocates for the goal of "Zero discrimination" for workers living with HIV in his message under the ILO's Getting to Zero at Work campaign.

  6. ILO coordinates the visit of the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights of migrants to Sri Lanka

  7. ILO Assistant Director General & Regional Director for Asia And Pacific Visits Colombo

    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.

  8. ILO Colombo e-newsletter, December 2013

    The latest newsletter of the ILO Country Office for Sri Lanka and the Maldives providing the latest activities and project updates.

  9. ILO Launches Employment Study in the Maldives

    This study is a component of the ILO's project to provide technical assistance to on-going efforts by the Government of Maldives to formulate an employment policy and strategy.

  10. Code of Ethical Conduct for Licensed Foreign Employment Agencies/ Licensees

    This Code of Ethical Conduct (CoEC) was prepared by a Sub-Committee appointed by the Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare (MFEPW) with a view to regulate the industry.

  11. Safe Labour Migration Information Guide

    This booklet forms an information resource not only for government officers at District, Divisional and village level but also for all stakeholders working towards the empowerment and protection of migrant workers of Sri Lanka.