Employment promotion resources

  1. Business to Business Trade Event

    The ILO and GIZ hosted a meeting and trade fair to facilitate contacts between members of the Buyers Forum and GIZ’s partner factories in Punjab. Eight factories producing textiles, garments and leatherwear, which have worked with GIZ’s programming in Punjab to improve compliance with international labour and environmental standards, had the opportunity to meet with members of the Buyers Forum and to present their products. The meeting also included details of the business cases established by GIZ’s dialogue approach, demonstrating the link between improved compliance, increased productivity, higher wages and a more stable workforce. It is hoped that the factories can leverage their improved compliance to gain access to wider international markets.

  2. The Pakistan Buyers’ Forum

    The ILO, with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, IFC and IDH, supported a meeting of the Pakistan Buyers’ Forum in Lahore. Members presented successful models of sustainable production practices. They also had the opportunity to discuss the textile and garment sector in Pakistan, its challenges and the implications of Pakistan’s GSP+ status with the Dutch Ambassador for Human Rights, His Excellency Mr Kees van Baar, as part of his visit to Pakistan. Discussions were also held with members of the diplomatic and development community, including representatives of the European Union Mission to Pakistan, Embassy of the United States and Japan International Development Agency. The Forum will take forward plans to build linkages with industry trade associations and strengthen ties with Pakistan’s government.

  3. Provincial labour legislation reviewed and actions discussed

    23 January 2017

    ILO supported the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and HRD in organizing a two-day National Tripartite Consultation on ‘Labour Legislation in Post-Devolution Scenario’ on 17-18 January 2017 in Islamabad. It was the first opportunity for all Federal and Provincial Tripartite Consultative Committee members to jointly review progress on Labour Legislation and discuss actions for each Province/State/Region. Consultation was part of the ILO’s new project ‘Promoting International Labour & Environmental Standards in Pakistani SMEs (ILES)’ – funded by EU.

  4. A Task Force on promoting sustainable and responsible business in the Sialkot sports goods manufacturing sector is established

    30 December 2016

    A Task Force on promoting sustainable and responsible business in the Sialkot sports goods manufacturing sector under ILO’s Project “More and better jobs through socially responsible labour practices in Asia”, funded by the Government of Japan is established.

  5. Minimum wage setting, implementation and working conditions in the formal and informal sectors of the garment industry in Pakistan

    18 October 2016

    This report, drafted in 2015, analyses the legal and policy frameworks and the implementation of minimum wages in Pakistan, with a particular focus on the textile and garment sectors. The report has been undertaken by the ILO’s Labour Standards in Global Supply Chains: A Programme for Action in Asia and the Garment Sector. It also contributed to and complements the ILO’s work on minimum wage setting across the region.

  6. Pakistan Business Network for Social Protection (2nd meeting)

    The Pakistan Business Network on Social Protection (PBN-SP) was launched in Karachi on 11th August 2016 under the auspices of the Employers’ Federation of Pakistan (EFP). The Network will become part of the ‘Global Business Network on Social Protection (GBN-SP)’ launched by the Director General of ILO. The purpose of this network is to enable employers and the Employers’ Organization of Pakistan to better understand the importance of social protection for a fair and inclusive development, and how it can contribute to economic and social performance of enterprise; identify the main pitfalls of the current social protection system: To discuss what are the elements from an employer perspective that can contribute to explain why social protection is not enforced; and determine possible actions from employers and EFP, to contribute to overcome current pitfall and allow for better compliance. The 2nd meeting of PBN-SP will discuss organizational structure and resources required for taking forward the agenda of Social Protection in Pakistan.

  7. Tripartite Consultation on Labour Laws for Islamabad Capital Territory

    ILO is currently supporting the Islamabad Capital Administration for drafting and promulgating Labour Laws in the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) – which was necessitated after the 18th Constitutional Amendment. For this purpose, the Government has adopted the recommendations of Justice Shafi ur Rehman Commission to consolidate and codify Labour Laws in five major Codes. Two of these Codes are drafted and were presented to the tripartite stakeholders of ICT review and feedback. The Tripartite Stakeholders had sought more time to review these laws and will now provide their inputs in a follow-up tripartite meeting organized on 17th October 2016.

  8. Future of Work Consultation – Tripartite Stakeholders of Punjab

    The Government of Pakistan is member of ILO since 1947 and is represented on the Governing Body since more than two decades. As part of ILO’s centenary events, the Government of Pakistan has organized a series of national seminars titled ‘Future of Work’ to obtain feedback from all walks of life (Government, Employers, Workers, Youth, Academia, Media etc) on future shape of work in Pakistan. In this regard, the dialogue with tripartite stakeholders (Government, Employers and Workers) from Punjab is organized on 7th October 2016 in the Conference Room of the Industrial Relations Institute (IRI), Lahore. Similar events will be organized with other stakeholders in other provinces as well.

  9. Future of Work Consultation – Tripartite Stakeholders of Azad Jammu & Kashmir

    The Government of Pakistan is member of ILO since 1947 and is represented on the Governing Body since more than two decades. As part of ILO’s centenary events, the Government of Pakistan has organized a series of national seminars titled ‘Future of Work’ to obtain feedback from all walks of life (Government, Employers, Workers, Youth, Academia, Media etc) on future shape of work in Pakistan. In this regard, the dialogue with tripartite stakeholders (Government, Employers and Workers) from Azad Jammu & Kashmir is organized on 6th October 2016 in the Conference Room of the Chamber of Commerce & Industries, Mirpur (Azad Kashmir). Similar events will be organized with other stakeholders in other provinces as well.

  10. Consultation on ‘Estimates of Employment from China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)’

    The Government of Pakistan is implementing a mega development programme titled ‘China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)’ with an investment of USD 46 billion from Chinese public and private sectors in Pakistan. More than 52 projects relating to roads, railways, energy production and warehousing, are included. In this respect, the Government of Pakistan requested ILO for support in undertaking a study to estimate employment prospects from CPEC Projects. A one-day Consultation was organized to review study design and initial findings for finalization.