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

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.

Media advisory | 29 November 2022
BANGKOK and BEIRUT (ILO News) – The 17th Asia and the Pacific Regional Meeting (APRM) of the International Labour Organization (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.

The APRM will bring together over 350 ILO constituents representing Governments, workers and employers from Asia and the Pacific and the Arab States, as well as representatives of international organizations, and civil society. Some 15 ministers from across the two regions will also attend.

This will be the first APRM for new ILO Director-General Gilbert F. Houngbo. President of Singapore H.E. Halimah Yacob will give a special opening address.

The event will help forge commitment among the constituents on common priorities for action that will help shape ILO’s work in both regions for years to come.
Thematic sessions (in panel discussion format) will reflect the major world of work challenges facing both regions as they emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. These include the need for policy reform to address structural inequalities in labour markets, steps to tackle persistent high levels of informality, how to widen social protection coverage as well as the need to drive productivity growth, quality job creation and skills development.

Key sessions of the APRM will be webcast to the public on the  ILO Live web platform (https://live.ilo.org/)


The 17th APRM will take place at the Raffles City Convention Centre (RCCC) Singapore.

Media briefing with ILO Director-General

A media briefing will be held with ILO Director-General Gilbert F. Houngbo on 6 December 10.00 – 10.45 hrs in the Moor Room (4th Floor RCCC).


The 17th APRM Agenda is available online. Information on media opportunities can be found here.

Audio visual assets

APRM coverage, photos, videos and social media links, will be available via the APRM webpage www.ilo.org/aprm2022


The working languages of the 17th APRM are Arabic, Chinese and English.

Media accreditation

Singapore-based media wishing to attend the APRM opening or media briefing with the ILO Director-General should register in advance with the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) of Singapore by emailing Khalid_khan@mom.gov.sg and Shyaan_ng@mom.gov.sg with details as follows:  
  • Email address of representative
  • Last name of representative
  • First name of representative
  • Name of publication
  • Designation of representative
  • Country of publication
  • ID document type (e.g. passport, NRIC, media accreditation card)
  • Last 4 digits of ID (based on document provided)
Media will be required to present a national photo identification card (e.g. ID card, NRIC or passport), and a valid press card or a letter of assignment from their media organization upon arrival at the Meeting.

Media wishing to travel from abroad to Singapore to attend the Meeting in person should register in advance by contacting kwantawan@ilo.org with the subject line “APRM Media Registration”.

Please note that the ILO will not be able to facilitate transportation or accommodation arrangements or assist with obtaining visas or insurance for travel to Singapore. General travel and accommodation information is available at the APRM webpage.

For further media information and requests, please contact ILO Communication and Public Information Officers: