Events and meetings

The ILO Office in Sri Lanka organizes and takes part in a wide range of meetings, conferences, workshops and training events. More information about the events listed below can be found by clicking on the relevant link or contacting us by email.

June 2013

  1. World Day against Child Labour - Child Labour Free Zone in Ratnapura

    12 June 2013

    The District Secretary and the Administration of Ratnapura, assisted by the Ministry of Labour and Labour Relations, with technical and financial support from the ILO embarked on a journey that will make the district of Ratnapura officially free of Child Labour by June 2016.

April 2013

  1. The First South Asian Labour Inspection System Launched in Sri Lanka

    5 April 2013

    Sri Lanka marked a significant milestone by becoming the first country in South Asia to launch the Labour Inspection System Application or LISA.

February 2013

  1. Launch of the Media Guide on 'Reporting on Human Trafficking & Forced Labour'

    6 February 2013

    The Media Guide was developed by the ILO in partnership with the Sri Lanka Press Institute and the Sri Lanka Press Complaints Commission for all electronic and print media representatives. The guide is a response to the need to encourage reporting of cases on human trafficking and forced labour. While the initiative is aimed at introducing the subject in-depth to the media to facilitate accurate reporting of incidents as well as ensure protection of victims, it will also serve as a means of facilitating increased public awareness of the phenomenon. The launch will be attended by the members of the National Anti Trafficking Task Force, Key stakeholders and both electronic and print media.

January 2013

  1. Stakeholder Workshop - Reintegration with Home Community: Perspectives of Returnee Migrant Workers in Sri Lanka

    31 January 2013

    The workshop expects to share the findings of a study conducted on 2000 returnee migrants from 15 Districts spread across Sri Lanka, commissioned by the Project on Improved Governance of Labour Migration of the ILO and conducted by the Social Policy Analysis and Research Centre (SPARC) of the University of Colombo in 2012. The workshop expects the participation of key officials from the Ministries of Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare, Ministry of Labour and Labour Relations, External Affairs and Child Development and Womens’ Affairs, and key departments that serve under them, as well as international organization, civil society organizations and the media working on issues of labour migration and reintegration. The stakeholder workshop expects to finalize a set of key policy recommendation as guidelines to draw-up a sub-policy on reintegration.

December 2012

  1. Participation of Women in the Sri Lankan Labour Force: Trends, Barriers and Policies

    4 December 2012

    A tripartite workshop on “Participation of Women in the Sri Lankan Labour Force: Trends, Barriers and Policies” to be held on 4th December 2012. The purpose of the study is to enhance the understanding of female labour force participation in Sri Lanka in terms of trends, drivers and barriers for women in order to develop a key set of findings and recommendations that are relevant to policymakers and other constituents in the country. The workshop aims to review the study on female labour force participation in Sri Lanka and provide feedback on the findings of the analysis and recommendations for the revision of the study and highlight key issues and policy responses to be taken forward by the ILO, government, trade unions and employer organizations. The workshop will bring together representatives of government ministries, Department of Census and Statistics Sri Lanka, employer organizations and trade unions, civil society, academics and international organizations.

November 2012

  1. Regional Conference on Mainstreaming Disability in Development

    15 November 2012

    The ILO Empowering Conflict Affected Communities (ECAC) Project was a corporate partner in organizing the above conference in Batticaloa on 15th November 2012 by the Provincial Department of Social Services. The event addressed the Legal framework of People with Disabilities (PWD) and it’s Implementation Mechanisms in Sri Lanka, Economic Empowerment of PWDs towards independent lives and infrastructure development for PWDs and hazard management. ILO presented a paper jointly with CAMID on its experience on economic empowerment of PWDs under the ECAC Project in selected Divisional Secretarial Divisions of Batticaloa District.

  2. Product Exhibition of Graduates of Technical Training in Vavuniya

    14 November 2012

    The ILO Empowering Conflict Affected Communities (ECAC) Project funded the technical training of advance sewing and candle making for 40 women of Chettikulam DS Division in Vavuniya District. The training was facilitated by Industries Officer, Science and Technology Officer and Women Development Officer attached to Divisional Secretariat Office and at the end of the training on 14th November 2012, the graduates organized an exhibition of their products made during the training. The exhibition was well received by the public and this made the women confident to enter into entrepreneurship.

  3. Consultative Workshop on the Decent Work Country Policy Analysis

    1 November 2012

    The objective of the workshop is to identify and reach consensus on the priority areas for the Decent Work Country Policy Analysis for Sri Lanka with the tripartite constituents.

October 2012

  1. Launch of National Human Resources and Employment Policy

    30 October 2012

    The National Human Resources and Employment Policy formulated by the Secretariat for Senior Ministers,with ILO technical and financial support will be launched at a high-level ceremony under the patronage of H.E. Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. The Government of Sri Lanka commenced the formulation of the National Human Resources and Employment Policy (NHREP) in June 2011. It is expected to be a wide ranging and overarching policy document.

  2. Workshop on Public Employment Services

    23 - 25 October 2012

    Three day workshop on Public Employment Services has been organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Productivity Promotion from 23-25th October 2012. Officials from the the Ministry of Productivity Promotion, Ministry of Labour & Labour Relations, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Skills Development, Ministry of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Foreign Employment Promotion & Welfare Employers and workers and ILO staff involved in Employment Services will participate at this workshop

August 2012

  1. Green Jobs in Asia Regional Conference

    29 - 31 August 2012

    On 29-31 August 2012, a tripartite regional workshop will discuss the Green Jobs in Asia project to highlight successful approaches, areas of improvement and the way forward. Representatives from GJA will include Bangladesh, Indonesia, Nepal, the Philippines and Sri Lanka. They will be joined by additional countries with Green Jobs experience: China, Fiji, India and Thailand.

  2. National Tripartite Workshop on the Introduction of Employment Injury Insurance Scheme in Sri Lanka

    23 - 24 August 2012

    The objectives of the workshop are to identify priority needs in establishing EII in line with ILO relevant mandate such as Convention No. 102, Conventions No. 121, and to create awareness and understanding of principle, method of operating of the EII scheme and international and regional comparison.

May 2012

  1. Training Programme on Prevention of Trafficking in Persons for Recruitment Agents

    28 May 2012

    This Programme will be conducted for 75 Recruitment Agents in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE). The rationale for the Programme is that Recruitment Agents are in a position to raise awareness on the legal channels of migrating for foreign employment and thereby minimize the vulnerability to trafficking. The Sessions will include topics such as ‘Introduction to Trafficking in Persons – International & National Standards, Trafficking for Labour Exploitation, Complaints mechanism, Identification of Victims and offenders, Kafala system and the potential for abuse.

  2. Training Programme on Trafficking in Persons for Immigration Officers

    22 - 24 May 2012

    This Programme will be conducted for 100 Immigration Officers based at the Bandaranaike International Airport. Sessions will include, Investigations to identify trafficking offenders & victims, channeling cases to the relevant law enforcement authorities, Foreign Employment and the legal recruitment process, International & National laws on Trafficking in Persons, Identification of forged documentation, Child Trafficking.

  3. Training Programme on Prevention of Trafficking in Persons for Airport Taxi Drivers, Cab Drivers, 3 wheeler taxi drivers

    15 - 20 May 2012

    Three Training Programmes will be conducted for 100 Airport Taxi Drivers, 100 Taxi Cab Drivers, and 100 3 Wheeler drivers. The rationale being that taxi drivers, by virtue of their vocation may come into contact with victims and offenders of human trafficking, and as such are in an ideal position to report such cases to the law enforcement authorities. The Training Programme will include the following sessions; What is Human Trafficking- trafficking for labour exploitation, commercial sexual exploitation etc. , National laws and penalties for the offence of trafficking, Trauma & Psychological impact on victims, Investigation and reporting of cases, Legal Recruitment processes & Foreign Employment.

  4. A Regional Consultative Forum on Welfare & Protection of Migrant Workers"

    13 - 15 May 2012

    A Regional Consultation is planned from 13-15th May 2012 in Amman Jordan, to review operational guidelines in Sri Lankan Diplomatic Missions to ensure the protection of migrant workers.

  5. Youth Employment in Asia and the Pacific

    1 May 2012

    As a lead-up to the Youth Employment Forum to be held in Geneva, 23-25 May 2012, many activities were held globally to highlight youth employment issues. Thirteen countries in Asia and the Pacific are organizing various activities to raise awareness on the importance of youth employment.

April 2012

  1. Training Workshop on Work Adjustment for Recycling and Management of Waste

    27 April 2012

    The Waste Management Authority of the Western Province of Sri Lanka in partnership with the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) of the Ministry of Labour and Labour Relations conducted the last in a series of 7 workshops to train 300 lead trainers in Work Adjustment for Recycling and Management of Waste.

  2. Workshop to capture “Young Voices from Sri Lanka”

    26 April 2012

    This workshop is to capture “Young Voices from Sri Lanka” in a participatory and inclusive manner, will take centre-stage on 26th April at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute in Colombo. The Workshop will comprise 60 young persons drawn from the 25 districts of the Island, who will contribute to a Position Paper that will reflect the contemporary concerns of Sri Lankan youth. The Workshop is being convened by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development, under the auspices of its Minister, the Hon. Dullas Alahapperuma with technical and financial support from the International Labour Organisation in partnership with ILO constituents in Sri Lanka.

  3. Improving recruitment practices of employment agencies recruiting migrant workers

    9 April 2012

    The objective of the workshop is to share the findings of the review of the migrant worker recruitment industry in Sri Lanka title “Recruitment Practices of Employment Agencies Recruiting Migrant Workers - A Review aimed at improving recruitment regulations and drafting Recruitment Guidelines” and to obtain stakeholder views and comments on the findings, conclusions and recommendation in the report.