Ms Rie Vejs-Kjeldgaard, Director of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Country for Viet Nam, was awarded a medal to acknowledge her strong commitment and ILO’s contributions to labour, invalids and social affairs in Viet Nam. The medal was presented by Vice Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Thanh Hoa on 26 July 2011 in Hanoi.
The International Labour Organization (ILO) has provided technical assistance to the government of Viet Nam and the ILO social partners: the Workers’ and the Employers’ Organisations in Vietnam, since the doi moi process was initiated. The ILO Country Office for Viet Nam, was opened in 2003 and marked the beginning of a comprehensive provision of technical assistance to its tripartite national partners in the field of decent work through employment creation, enterprise development, social protection and labour market governance.
The Decent Work Country Programme constitutes and defines the overall framework of ILO’s work in Vietnam, and it is designed to support the Socio-Economic Development Plan of the Vietnamese government, and the strategic priorities of the tripartite national partners. This programme is being implemented by the ILO in collaboration with the Government of Vietnam - especially the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs - and its social partners (the workers’ and the employers’ organisations) as an integral component of the One UN Plan.
The three strategic focus areas of the current programme are: Employment creation through sustainable enterprise development; social protection and effective labour market governance. In practical terms the under-lying logic is that a sustainable and competitive society needs to be based on every citizen having access to a decent job through which one can earn a sufficient income to support her or his family; that each person has access to basic social protection and services to protect them in the times of economical or social downturns such as unemployment that each citizen is given a “voice” and is able to participate in decision making at all levels of the society, and that labour markets are governed by sound industrial relations and dialogue between the workers and the employers.