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ILO and Singapore renew Partnership Agreement to improve labour and workplace practices in Southeast Asia

Involves cooperation on issues concerning productivity, occupational safety and health, tripartism and social dialogue.

Press release | 10 June 2014

GENEVA - The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Singapore Ministry of Manpower have renewed their Partnership Agreement to improve labour and workplace practices in Southeast Asia.

Under the partnership agreement, the ILO and the Singapore Ministry of Manpower will collaborate on cooperative activities in the areas of productivity, occupational safety and health, tripartism and social dialogue. The activities proposed include the sharing of information and good practices, research, fellowships, study visits and workshops. This partnership agreement is also in line with ILO’s agenda of promoting decent work

The renewed Partnership Agreement will support the realisation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).

The Agreement was signed by Mr Yoshiteru Uramoto, ILO Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, and Mr Augustin Lee, Deputy Secretary of the Singapore Ministry of Manpower, on Tuesday 10 June 2014 at a ceremony held during the 103rd International Labour Conference (ILC) in Geneva, Switzerland.

“We are delighted that Singapore has renewed the partnership agreement with the ILO,” Mr Uramoto said. “The introduction of the AEC raises many challenges and Singapore’s support and cooperation will play an important role in promoting decent work for all in the region and strengthening the capacity of the ASEAN social partners to tackle work-related issues.”

Mr Lee said: “The Singapore Ministry of Manpower is pleased to renew the partnership agreement with the ILO. This reflects Singapore’s continued commitment to working with the ILO and other ASEAN countries to improve labour and workplace practices in Southeast Asia”.

The first Partnership Agreement between the ILO and the Singapore Ministry of Manpower was signed in June 2011. Activities organized under the agreement include technical cooperation to improve occupational safety and health in Brunei, a workshop on resolving employment disputes for ASEAN countries, a Singapore-Norway Third Country Training Programme on the Decent Work Agenda, and a study visit by Vietnamese tripartite delegations on the topics of industrial relations and the Singapore National Wages Council.

Photographs of the signing ceremony

   
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Further information

Sophy Fisher
ILO Regional Information Officer for Asia and the Pacific
fisher@ilo.org
Tel : 00 41 [0] 79 558 63 52

Sim Li Chuan
Senior Assistant Director
Corporate Communications Department
Sim_li_chuan@mom.gov.sg
Tel: +65 6317 1029

Rebecca Ong
Head (Workplace)
Corporate Communications Department
Rebecca_ong@mom.gov.sg
Tel: +65 6317 1272

Tags: decent work, social dialogue, productivity, occupational safety and health, research, information resources

Regions and countries covered: Singapore

Unit responsible: Partnerships and Field Support (PARDEV)

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