ILO and Uzbekistan assess progress in cooperation during an online meeting

New Decent Work Country Programme will remain the primary framework for the ILO support to the Uzbek constituents. It will set new horizons of cooperation with increased focus on the COVID-19 longer term implications response. This was stated by the participants of the videoconference between Tanzila Narbaeva, Chairperson of the Uzbek Senate and ILO Director-General Guy Ryder held on 12 June.

News | 12 June 2020
According to Tanzila Narbaeva, it is symbolic that the videoconference was held on the World Day against Child Labour. Uzbekistan remains committed to the principle of the inadmissibility of child labour and appreciates support provided by the ILO over the last years with a view to eradicate child and forced labour in the country.

“We pay particular attention to social dialogue that brings together government and employers’ and workers’ organizations. It is a the key instrument to build public confidence and support the measures needed to overcome the crisis,” said Tanzila Narbaeva. “The anti-crisis measures undertaken by Uzbekistan echo the ILO’s four-pillar policy framework for tackling the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis.”

The anti-crisis measures undertaken by Uzbekistan echo the ILO’s four-pillar policy framework for tackling the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis."

Tanzila Narbaeva, Chairperson of the Uzbek Senate
The COVID-19 pandemic is causing enormous damage to labour markets across the world. It is very important that ILO member states effectively mitigate the impact of this crisis. In his remarks, the Director-General noted with appreciation the anti-crisis measures adopted by the Government of Uzbekistan and social partners which are largely in line with recommendations of the ILO.

“The ILO will continue to support the Government and social partners in their efforts to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 crisis,” said Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General. “I hope that it will be possible to conclude a new Decent Work Country Programme in the near future to have a framework within which this cooperation can be developed together.”

The ILO will continue to support the Government and social partners in their efforts to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 crisis."

Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General
As the Uzbek constituents noted, the COVID-19 had enormous implications for all sectors of the national economy, all regions and social groups, especially the most vulnerable ones. They said that the government’s anti-crisis package demonstrates a proactive and early approach to ensure well-being and incomes of the people and livelihoods and the long-term potential of the economy.

Employment promotion and improving the quality of jobs is a priority for Uzbekistan with its high demographic pressure on the labour market. “We expect that the ILO will continue to provide its support in the field of strengthening public employment services, the State Labour Inspectorate and the Public Works Fund, and in developing effective measures to reduce the informal economy”, said Nozim Khusanov, Minister of Employment and Labour Relations of Uzbekistan. “We hope that creating decent and high-quality jobs for inclusive economic growth, improving the quality of the labour force and its mobility in post COVID period will become priorities in a new Decent Work Country Programme.”

Adkham Ikramov, Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Uzbekistan, focused his statement on the measures to support business. In this regard, he noted a number of regulations recently adopted by the President of Uzbekistan and  aimed at supporting business entities as the main generators of new jobs.

Kudratilla Rafikov, Chairman of the Federation of Trade Unions of Uzbekistan, assured that “during the COVID-19 pandemic, trade unions of Uzbekistan are working systematically to ensure protection of workers’ rights and create decent working conditions.”
 
During the meeting, Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, invited the Uzbek constituents to attend the forthcoming ILO Virtual Summit on the World of Work COVID-19 Response and extended a special invitation to the President of Uzbekistan to make a statement at the Summit on behalf of Uzbekistan on 8 of July, at the Global Leaders’ Day.