GENEVA (ILO News) - The Director-General of the International Labour Office (ILO) announced today the appointment of Ms. Hông-Trang Perret-Nguyen as the ILO Liaison Officer in Myanmar. Ms. Perret-Nguyen was born in Viet Nam and holds degrees in political science and law from the Institut d'Etudes politiques and the Sorbonne in Paris. She joined the ILO in the International Labour Standards Department where she became Chief of the Equality and Rights Branch. She subsequently served as the Director of the ILO Caribbean Office and returned to Geneva where her last appointment was as Director of the ILO's Industrial Relations Department.
Ms. Perret-Nguyen's appointment in Myanmar takes place in the framework of the understanding on the appointment of a Liaison Officer which was reached between the ILO and the Government of Myanmar in March 2002. According to this understanding, the Liaison Officer's role covers all activities relevant to ensuring the prompt and effective elimination of forced labour in the country and she should be extended all facilities and support to that effect.
As part of this mandate, the Liaison Officer, in cooperation with the authorities, will have to help to establish strategies to effectively address the root causes of the forced labour situation in Myanmar as identified in particular by a High-Level Team which visited the country in the autumn of 2001.
Ms. Perret-Nguyen will take over from Mr. Leon de Riedmatten of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, who was appointed to the position on an interim basis in May. Mr. de Riedmatten was instrumental in the initial establishment of the ILO presence, and through his extensive experience in Myanmar enabled initial contacts to be made with all those institutions and persons concerned with the activities of the Liaison Officer.
Ms. Perret-Nguyen will take up her assignment in Yangon at the beginning of October.