High-quality employment

ILO and China collaborate to enhance high-quality employment through promoting south-south cooperation within the Belt and Road initiative

ILO and MOHRSS joined forces in hosting the Seminar on Promoting High-quality Employment in Beijing.

Press release | Beijing, China | 20 October 2023
BEIJING (ILO News) - International Labour Organization (ILO) and China Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (MOHRSS) joined forces in hosting the Seminar on Promoting High-quality Employment in Beijing on 19-20 October 2023, marking the 10th Anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative.

Key representatives of the Seminar
The Seminar aimed to review the decade-long cooperation among the ILO, MOHRSS, and ASEAN Member countries in labour governance and social security since the launch of the Belt and Road Initiative in 2013. It also looked into the shared pressing issues in labour area and provided a platform to develop sustainable solutions while setting the stage for future international collaboration.

The Seminar focused on five themes, which are high-quality employment service, protection of workers’ rights, social security, skills development, and employment policies for new forms of employment. The event also highlighted the development of ILO-China south-south technical cooperation projects implemented in ASEAN Member States over the past decade.

Chihoko Asada-Miyakawa, ILO Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, speaks at the Seminar
ILO Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific Chihoko Asada-Miyakawa recalled the ILO-China cooperation under Belt and Road initiative in her opening speech and called for multilateralism and coordinated efforts to tackle the challenges in labour market.

The ILO welcomes the commitment of a US$10 billion special fund to implement Global Development Initiative by Chinese government, .... which will greatly strengthen multilateralism. By supporting poverty reduction in China and other countries under Belt and Road Initiative, the ILO will continually contribute to creating decent job opportunities and achieving human-centred sustainable development."

Chihoko Asada-Miyakawa, ILO Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific
The policy development and capacity-building programs among China, ASEAN and other Belt and Road countries can also contribute to the "Global Accelerator on Jobs and Social Protection for Just Transitions" and the “Global Coalition for Social Justice”, which are being promoted by ILO Director-General Gilbert Houngbo. The continuous cooperation will help achieve the goal of sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

MOHRSS Vice Minister Yu Jiadong presented China’s progress in human resources and social security area under Belt and Road Initiative over the decade.

Today, we are at a new starting point to explore new ideas for deepening international cooperation in human resources and social security under Belt and Road Initiative, to promote the economic and social development and people’s well-beings and benefits, and to join hands in drawing a new picture for the Community with a Shared Future for Mankind."

Yu Jiadong, MOHRSS Vice Minister
Speakers of the Seminar
More than 150 representatives, including senior experts, senior officials, policy makers and practitioners from ILO headquarter and Beijing, MOHRSS and line ministries, All-China Federation of Trade Unions, China Enterprise Confederation, the Secretariat of ASEAN and ASEAN Member States of Cambodia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia and the Philippines, local human resources and social security departments, research institutes, associations, chambers of commerce, colleges and universities, and enterprises, participated in the Seminar.