Employment promotion in Asia and the Pacific

Garment workers in Bangladesh.

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Asia’s vast labour force, 1.9 billion in 2008, represents approximately 59 per cent of the global total, and it is expected to continue to grow. Without sufficient numbers of new decent and productive employment opportunities it is unlikely that the region will be able to achieve the goals of rising living standards, reduced poverty, social and economic integration, and social development. Sound employment policies, sustainable enterprise promotion and human resource development are essential elements in achieving these goals.

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Key resources

  1. COVID-19 business resilience guides for manufacturers in Asia

    Factories across Asia are facing severe impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. Responding to the urgent needs of these manufacturers across the region, the ILO has developed a series of six action-oriented guides to help factories navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and to build factory business resilience.

  2. Labour market indicators profile for ASEAN member countries

    This data set for 9 countries in the East and South East Asian region provides information on labour market and decent work indicators. It covers 11 thematic areas including employment opportunities, earnings, productivity, working children, equal opportunities, safety at work, social security and social dialogue.

  3. Visions for Asia’s Decent Work Decade: Sustainable Growth and Jobs to 2015

  4. Asian Decent Work Decade resource kit: competitiveness, productivity and jobs

    This booklet is one of six parts of the kit, serving as a gateway into ILO expertise and knowledge on the regional priority area of competitiveness, productivity and jobs.

  5. Research Conference: Green Jobs for Asia and the Pacific

    Jointly organized by the International Institute for Labour Studies, Policy Integration Department and Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific.

  6. Asia-Pacific Employment and Social Outlook 2018

    Working poverty, informality and vulnerable employment are among the persistent challenges of Asia-Pacific labour markets according to a new ILO report. The report calls for coordinated policies to promote decent work as the link to translate economic growth into sustainable development in the region.