Press releases

This is a list of official ILO press releases issued by the ILO Office in Sri Lanka. The most recent release is at the top.


  1. New Director for ILO Country Office for Sri Lanka and the Maldives appointed

    16 January 2024

    Ms Joni Simpson assumes duties on 15 January 2024.


  1. Sri Lanka takes positive steps towards Ratification of ILO C188 – Work in Fishing Convention, 2007; Draft regulations presented to Minister of Fisheries and Minister of Labour

    08 December 2023

    Developed with technical support from the ILO, and funding from DFAT and Government of Norway

  2. Launch of national policy on migration for employment

    07 December 2023

  3. ILO launches a ground-breaking report on the impact of multiple crises on Sri Lanka's MSMEs

    06 November 2023

    ILO's comprehensive and timely report sheds light on the challenges faced by Sri Lanka's micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. The report is based on extensive analysis, including surveys of over 550 MSMEs across 10 districts.

  4. ILO, European Commission and the Global Deal join hands to improve social dialogue for constructive labour relations

    11 October 2023

  5. High-level Sri Lankan delegation visits Indonesia to study social security system

    14 September 2023

    Facilitated by the International Labour Organization Sri Lanka, with funding support from the Government of Japan

  6. ILO Convenes National Policy Symposium in Sri Lanka to Boost a Job Rich Economic Recovery with Investment in Enterprise Development

    25 May 2023

    Organized in collaboration with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Office of the Governor of the Northern Province, and Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, symposium brings to the forefront challenges, insights, and interventions towards creating a favorable ecosystem for enterprise development and investment promotion in Sri Lanka

  7. Strengthening bilateral labour migration agreements to protect the rights of women migrant workers

    18 May 2023

    ILO, UN Women and IOM host a Symposium on women migrants workers’ rights under the GOALS programme.

  8. It’s great to be Sri Lanka’s first female seafarer

    08 March 2023

    A partnership between the International Labour Organization and Sri Lanka’s Mahapola Port and Martime Academy has led to Nayomi Amarasinghe becoming the country’s first female seafarer.

  9. ILO extends short-term income generation support to the most vulnerable to navigate ongoing economic challenges

    09 February 2023

    Prioritizes assistance to youth, persons with disabilities, and women heads of households in Sri Lanka’s Northern province through numerous targeted responses


  1. The International Labour Organization and Government of Japan join hands together to enhanced socio-economic reintegration and economic wellbeing of returnee and aspirant Sri Lankan migrant workers

    20 December 2022

  2. 17th Asia and the Pacific Regional Meeting concludes with launch of ‘Singapore Statement’

    09 December 2022

    Statement identifies priorities to tackle wide range of existing and new employment challenges facing Asia, the Pacific and Arab States.

  3. ILO’s 17th Asia and the Pacific Regional Meeting opens with call for greater efforts to ensure inclusive growth

    06 December 2022

    Government, employer and worker representatives from Asia and the Pacific and the Arab States gather in Singapore to shape priorities for action to drive employment growth in both regions.

  4. 17th Asia and the Pacific Regional Meeting of the International Labour Organization to take place 6-9 December in Singapore

    29 November 2022

    High-level participation to include President of Singapore H.E. Halimah Yacob, new ILO Director-General Gilbert F. Houngbo and 15 ministers from Asia, the Pacific and Arab States.

  5. Jobs in Asia and the Pacific record modest recovery while future growth prospects remain challenging

    28 November 2022

    Region’s labour market yet to get back on pre-crisis track while clear need exists to drive decent work in sectors employing the majority of workers.

  6. Media opportunities at the 17th Asia and the Pacific Regional Meeting (APRM)

    25 November 2022

    Information on opportunities for media coverage at the 17th APRM

  7. ILO to release new report on Asia-Pacific Employment and Social Outlook 2022

    24 November 2022

    This third edition of the biennial Asia–Pacific Employment and Social Outlook pulls together the most recent statistics to highlight how labour markets in the region are recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.

  8. The ITCILO invites youth to the Winter Global Youth Forum 2023

    15 November 2022

    The ITCILO, training arm of the International Labour Organization, invites undergraduate, graduate students and young professionals to participate in the Winter Global Youth Forum 2023 – an experiential learning platform bringing youth at the forefront of efforts aimed at supporting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and achieving its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  9. 17th Asia and the Pacific Regional Meeting of the International Labour Organization to take place 6-9 December in Singapore

    10 November 2022

    The 17th Asia and the Pacific Regional Meeting of the ILO will be held 6 to 9 December 2022 in Singapore, to discuss concrete steps to drive job-rich growth that is inclusive and transformative.

  10. “From multiple crises to a job-rich and inclusive recovery in Sri Lanka”

    08 November 2022

    "What needs to be done? Clearly, dealing with urgency of the economic dimensions of the crisis is a key priority". An opinion editorial by Sher Verick, Head, Employment Strategies for Inclusive Transformation Unit, ILO