Future of Work in Nepal

ILO calls for investment in people’s capabilities for a brighter future

A special programme to mark the ILO's 100th anniversary and discussions of the report of the ILO’s Global Commission on the Future of Work: Work for a brighter future.

News | Kathmandu, Nepal | 20 May 2019
With technological advances changing the nature of many jobs, and leading to the need for new skills, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has  pointed out the urgency to expedite the human-centred agenda for the future of work.

As part of marking its 100 years, ILO Country Office organized a special programme in Kathmandu  to share the key findings of the Global Commission Report on the Future of Work which calls for investing more in building people’s capabilities to enhance skills, reskills and upskills  for social justice and decent work. 

Minister for Labour, Employment and Social Security, Gokarna Bista said, recommendations of the Global Commission Report on the Future of Work have fittingly incorporated challenges that Nepal is facing in the labour market and expressed commitment to implemement the ILO Declaration on the future of work when it comes up.

“The government has embraced the plan to provide decent employment opportunities to all people as their constitutional right,” he said, adding, “social contract will be the basis to ensure social justice to all workers.”
The Minister also urged the ILO to start a global campaign to urge countries to pay equal wage for work of equal value, done abroad for migrant workers. 

Secretary at the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security, Mahesh Prasad Dahal said the government is making efforts to address skills mismatch in the labour market and stressed the need to address the challenges of youth population.     

President of the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Bhawani Rana said small and medium scaled enterprises should be promoted to ensure decent employment, especially to women. “FNCCI is ready to team up with the government to promote jobs at home,” she emphasized.

President of Nepal Trade Union Congress, Pushkar Acharya said effective implementation of social security schemes and newly agreed minimum wage will build trust between workers and employers.  

Assistant Director-General of the ILO and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, Tomoko Nishimoto said the ILO is seriously considering, country by country in Asia how it can realize the concept of decent work, with much focus laid on challenges posed by climate change, shifting demographics and new technologies.

“The core issue concerning labour markets relates to the nature and portability of workforce skills and building an agile workforce for the future of work transformation,” she emphasized.

Head of ILO Economic Analysis Unit, Sara Elder presented the highlights of the report.

Dr. Govinda Nepal and Dr Swarnim Wagle commented on the report and suggested that its recommendation will be a good reference for the government, employers and workers to prepare strategies for implementation of the future of work.

Participants, including employers, workers and scholars emphasized the implementation aspect of the report.