Events and meetings

The ILO Country Office for Pakistan organizes and takes part in a wide range of meetings, conferences, workshops and training events. More information about the events listed below can be found by clicking on the relevant link.

2017

  1. 9th Meeting of the Pakistan Buyers’ Forum

    23 August 2017

    The 9th meeting of the Pakistan Buyers’ Forum will be held at Avari Hotel in Lahore on 23 August 2017. The meeting will cobe co-convened by the ILO, IFC and the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Pakistan. The key features of the meeting are sessions with ILO the Better Work teamProgram team and Industry Associations. The purpose is to reflect on challenges and opportunities in the Textile and garment sectors in Pakistan. The programme also includes presentations on sustainability projects; regional interventions on Life and Building Safety, and ILO project on Labour and Environmental Standards and Compliance in Pakistan. ILO and IFC will share information about their mapping initiatives on ‘Private Compliances’ and ‘Market Segmentation’.

  2. Awareness raising event on ILO conventions C-87, C-98 and C-155

    18 August 2017

    All Pakistan Labour Federation with financial support of ILO is spreading the importance of increased trade unionism, collective bargaining and occupational safety and health for promoting decent work and thus industrial peace in the perspective of GSP Plus and international competitiveness of the country.

  3. Round-table discussion on modern forms of slavery

    4 August 2017

    ILO provided information on various forms and manifestations of modern slavery, ongoing work on it and the opportunities, issues and challenges in providing a coherent, coordinated and systematic response.

  4. National Labour Law Symposium

    19 - 20 July 2017

    The ILO Pakistan Office, in collaboration with the Continuing Legal Education Institute of Pakistan (CEIP) and the U.S Department of Commerce, Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) and USAID, will convene a National Labour Law Symposium on the 19-20 July 2017. The symposium aims to provide an opportunity to the stake holders to discuss the relevant key issues, emerging challenges, and share experiences and best practises which potentially have a positive impact on the commercial and economic activity in Pakistan.

  5. National Consultation on Labour Inspection Management Information System

    18 July 2017

    It is widely agreed that a technological based Labour Inspection-Management Information System (LI-MIS) is instrumental in meeting state level reporting obligations in accordance with the Labour Inspection Convention, 1947 (No 81) and the periodical reporting on measures a country has taken to implement the Convention, cf. article 22 of the ILO Constitution.

  6. Business round-table supported by the Child Labour Platform (CLP)

    12 July 2017

    This Round-table with CLP members and other companies will provide a forum for open discussion on the practical challenges and solutions of ensuring that supply chains are free from child labour.

  7. Commemoration of World Day Against Child Labour (WDACL) organized by the Labour and Human Resource Department, Government of Punjab

    12 June 2017

    Large number of government officials, representatives of employers, workers, NGOs, civil society along with children and their who are beneficiaries of Punjab Government’s schemes participated. The Project Director, Punjab Integrated project while sharing the progress informed that the project will be launched in all 36 districts of the Punjab Province. The Country Director, ILO Office for Pakistan appreciated government’s efforts and indicated that a lot more needs to be done, yet. Punjab Minister for Labour assured continuation government commitment till the Punjab is child labour free.

  8. Joint event with UNICEF and Children Commissioner’s office to mark the World Day against Child Labour

    12 June 2017

    The event was organized jointly with UNICEF and the Children Commissioner’s office. Mrs Raheela Durrani, speaker of Balochistan Assembly and Mr. Salman Faruqi, Federal Ombudsman appreciated the provincial governments for enacting child labour laws, though, they pointed out the need for harmonizing the legislation and better enforcement thereof.

  9. ILO Conference on Wages, Work and Trade: the Future for Pakistan

    10 - 11 May 2017

    The ILO hosted a two day conference on “Wages, Work and Trade: The Future for Pakistan” attended by over 100 representatives of the federal and provincial government, international buyers, employers’ organisations, workers’ organisations, civil society groups, diplomatic partners, development agencies.

  10. Stakeholders reiterate workers’ rights

    30 April 2017

    A large number of workers along with representatives of all walks of life participated in the event organized by the Government of Punjab in cooperation with workers organizations to commemorate the International Labour Day.

  11. Training workshop on Occupational Safety and Health Inspection for Technical Labour Inspectors of Sindh province

    26 April 2017

    The training aimed at building the capacity of technical Labour Inspectors of Sindh province

  12. Consultation on Optimizing the Collection and Use of Data on Occupational Safety & Health

    25 April 2017

    To commemorate the World Day on OSH, ILO organized a Consultation to have an academic discussion on the global theme 'optimizing collection and use of OSH Data' to identify avenues for future collaboration among key stakeholders. The Consultation was organized as part of the newly started project on ‘Promoting International Labour & Environmental Standards in Pakistani SMEs (ILES)’.

  13. National Steering Committee on Youth Employment

    12 April 2017

    ILO is providing technical support to the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme (PMYP) for developing a national youth employment framework which includes development of a ‘National Vision for Youth Employment’ – and ‘Provincial Youth Employment Strategies’ through establishment of provincial youth employment steering committees. The first meeting of the ‘National Steering Committee on Youth Employment’ will take place on 12th April 2017 in the Committee Room of the Prime Minister’s Secretariat, Islamabad, with representatives of all Provinces to discuss current situation of youth employment in each province and develop a future course of action.

  14. Business to Business Trade Event

    6 April 2017

    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.

  15. The Pakistan Buyers’ Forum

    5 April 2017

    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.

  16. Workshop on MNE Declaration and Fundamental Principles & Rights at Work

    14 - 16 March 2017

    A three day workshop on MNE Declaration and Fundamental Principles & Rights at Work is being organized for the ILO’s constituents (government, employers and workers organizations), trade bodies/business associations, representatives of brands/sourcing companies, trade unions, Directors/HR/CSR/Compliance Managers of the export oriented sports goods manufacturers in Sialkot and members of the Task Force established under the Project.

  17. Capacity development workshop of Trade Union members of AJK

    22 - 23 February 2017

    The Department of Labour (DoL) of AJK with the assistance of ILO and Pakistan Workers Federation (PWF) is organizing a 2-day training for different labour union representatives of AJK. The overall objective of this training is the strengthening of tripartite labour administration system through capacity building of Trade Unions in AJK. Mr Zahoor Awan, General Secretary PWF, will facilitate this training and help AJK Trade Union representatives to better understand their role in freedom of association, collective bargaining, collection of funds, and move towards a Trade Union Federation

  18. Training of Labour Inspectors on Effective Labour Inspection in Sindh Province

    14 - 16 February 2017

    This three days training event envisage to build the technical capacity of the Labour Inspectors of Sindh province.

  19. Three days’ Workshop on improving the compliance & reporting of Core Labour Standards

    8 February - 10 January 2017

    ILO in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development and with the financial assistance of European Union organized a tri-partite plus consultation workshop to contribute to greater understanding of international labour standards and also support evolving a national action plan to strengthen compliance and reporting of core international labour standards

  20. National Tripartite Consultation on Labour Legislation in Post-Devolution Scenario

    17 - 18 January 2017

    In backdrop of 18th Constitutional Amendment in Pakistan and devolution of ‘Labour’ as a subject to the Provincial Governments, all four Provincial Governments as well as some of the Regions & States have started a labour legislation process to provincialize all important labour laws. Different approaches were adopted for this purpose and each Province and Region is at a different level of completing this important process. In order to grasp the current situation of Provincial & Regional Labour Legislation, understanding the provincial priorities, and challenges in enforcement of Labour Laws, the 7th Federal Tripartite Consultative Committee (FTCC) meeting held on 24th November 2016, decided to organize a National Tripartite-plus Consultation. It is the first ever opportunity for the Federal and Provincial Tripartite Consultative Committee members to sit together and jointly review labour legislation process – and plan a way forward.