The Vietnamese Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) has awarded its Certificate of Merit to an ILO expert - the first time a foreigner has been recognized in this manner.
Dr Tsuyoshi Kawakami, an expert in occupational safety and health, was honored for 13 years of work on improving living and working conditions for people in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. In that time he has organized many training programs and research projects for local farmers, small business owners, workers and employers, helping them to improve the quality of life of themselves and their families.
Dr Kawakami, who comes from Tokyo, was presented with the award during Vietnam's 6th National Safety Week, held earlier this month, by the Vice Minister of MOLISA, Mr Le Duy Dong. Dr Kawakami has worked for the ILO for four years. Prior to that he was with the Institute for Science of Labour, in Kawasaki, Japan.
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