Mongolian ILC visit

Mongolia boosting business, investment and worker rights

Mongolia sets up An Employed Mongolian with a Job and Income programme as part of measures to support business, Prime Minister tells ILC delegates.

Press release | 09 June 2014
GENEVA – Mongolia is taking concrete and important steps to create a business and investment-friendly environment that also supports workers’ rights, the country’s Prime Minister has told delegates to the International Labour Conference (ILC) in Geneva.

In a speech to a special sitting of the ILC, the Prime Minister of Mongolia, Noroviin Altankhuyag, said his country’s 90,000 small and medium-sized enterprises employed 910,000 people.

The government has set up a national programme, An Employed Mongolian with a Job and Income. Other measures include creating “a sustainable, transparent, red-tape free government service and an investment friendly taxation environment”.

The government also has programmes supporting labour rights, including projects targeting people over 40 and businesses, he said.

The ILC is the annual meeting of the 185 member States of the International Labour Organization (ILO), and is attended by more than 4,200 delegates representing governments, workers’ and employers’ organizations.

Looking past 2015

The Mongolian Prime Minister told delegates that, having adopted the ILO’s eight Fundamental Conventions, the country is preparing to ratify Convention No. 176 on mining security and health, Convention No. 88 on public employment services, and Convention No. 181 on private employment services.

Looking beyond 2015, the Prime Minister said the government’s agenda would include supporting decent work, green development policies and cooperation with other land-locked developing countries.

The Prime Minister thanked the ILO for its support and co-operation during the last 20 years, which, he said, had “played an enormous role in raising social cooperation development to the highest level” in Mongolia.

Welcoming the Prime Minister, the Director-General of the ILO, Guy Ryder, noted that Mongolia was one of the first countries in Asia Pacific to ratify all eight of the ILO’s Fundamental Conventions, and that international labour standards were playing an important role in realizing Mongolia’s development objectives

“You are striving to realise the enormous potential, to ensure that change and prosperity benefit all of your people,” Ryder said, “You have emphasized the goal of full and productive employment which provides women and men with adequate incomes while extending protection to the most vulnerable.”

Promoting decent work

During the visit the ILO and the Mongolian delegation also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on a collaborative programme to promote decent work in Mongolia.

This includes support for the sharing of global experience and expertise relevant to the world of work in Mongolia and facilitating the capacity building of government, workers’ and employers’ organizations. Joint activities may include support for skills, strengthening labour market governance, support for social protection and policy implementation.

The MOU was signed by Yoshiteru Uramoto, ILO Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, and Yadamsuren Sanjmyatav, Minister of Labour, on Monday 9 June 2014, in the presence of the Prime Minister and the ILO Director-General.

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