Completion of the ILO-IPEC Project “Combating Child Labour and Human Trafficking in Central Asia: Commitment Becomes Action, 2017-2018”: A Meeting in Tajikistan

On November 22, 2018 a wrap-up meeting to discuss the outcomes of the ILO Project “Combating Child Labour and Human Trafficking in Central Asia: Commitment Becomes Action” (2017-2018) was held in Dushanbe.

News | 22 November 2018
The meeting was attended by senior officials representing ministries, departments, international and civil society organisations. The opening session featured presentations by Emin Sanginzoda, Senior Deputy Minister of Labour, Migration and Employment of Tajikistan, and Chairman of the Steering Council for Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour; Nigora Nazarzoda, Deputy Chairman of the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Tajikistan; Sobir Aminov, ILO National Coordinator in Tajikistan; Klaus Gunther, Senior Advisor on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (ILO, Geneva); and Muhayo Khosabekova, ILO-IPEC National Coordinator in Tajikistan.

The participants summarized and analyzed the outcomes of the ILO-IPEC projects implemented in 2017-2018, identified good practices and lessons learned, agreed a phased handover of the project to partners following the ILO-IPEC exit to ensure sustainability of its outcomes.

In opening the meeting, Emin Sanginzoda pointed out that years of joint work with the ILO-IPEC resulted in key national programmes and regulations being adopted, the institutional and legal framework created to eliminate the worst forms of child labour in Tajikistan.

 “The success and the experience gained in implementing the ILO projects in Tajikistan is a dignified stage in the run-up to the ILO Centenary to be celebrated in 2019. The functioning of the ILO-IPEC projects in 2017-2018 reduced child labour, eliminated its worst forms and marked a starting point to prevent human trafficking and forced labour in Tajikistan”, said Muhayo Khosabekova, ILO-IPEC National Coordinator in Tajikistan.

The speakers noted that the project events implemented over the last two years yielded very good results. Necessary steps were taken to prevent child and forced labour resulting in a considerable and unfaltering reduction of child labourers in the country. A process of ratification by Tajikistan of the ILO Protocol on Forced Labour was started, with the document package being submitted to the government for consideration. The role of the Interagency Commission for Elimination of the WFCL operating in the country was especially appreciated.

The partners need to continue close cooperation with international agencies active in the country including the UNICEF, IOM and OSCE. A new decent work country programme will provide a good basis for such further cooperation.

Upon completion of the event, Muhayo Khosabekova, ILO-IPEC National Coordinator in Tajikistan, was awarded a certificate of gratitude signed by the Minister of Labour, Migration and Employment “for dedicated service and contribution to elimination of child labour and its worst forms in Tajikistan”