Promotion of decent work in the Republic of Uzbekistan

On May 27, 2022, a round table dedicated to the development of a Roadmap for 2022-2023 was held at the National Commission on Combating Human Trafficking and Forced Labor on the implementation of a new Decent Work Country Programme in the Republic of Uzbekistan for 2021-2025.

News | 27 May 2022
The round table was attended by Tanzila Narbayeva, Chairperson of the National Commission/ Chairperson of the Senate of the Republic of Uzbekistan, a representative group of specialists of the ILO Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia headed by its Director Olga Koulaeva, heads of the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, organizations of employers and workers, as well as representatives of other responsible ministries and the media.

The Roadmap for 2022-2023 on the implementation of the new Decent Work Country Programme in the Republic of Uzbekistan for 2021-2025, covers priority areas that allow the application of the fundamental principles of the ILO, which are implemented by international labour standards, social dialogue and tripartism - to solve the main problems related to the promotion of decent work. In particular, such areas include improving the legislative framework in the field of employment and labor relations, expanding employment opportunities and decent work for young people, women and vulnerable groups of the population, occupational safety and health, social protection and inclusive education, strengthening social partnership.

During the round table, the Chairperson of the Senate, Tanzila Narbayeva, noted that the “Roadmap” will become a kind of main formula for promoting the principles of decent work in the country and will open up new opportunities for ensuring the labour rights of citizens in the new Uzbekistan, and will also contribute to the development of economic opportunities, employment of the population, creation of new jobs, and most importantly - the sustainable development of the economy, society and the state.

Our main goal is to promote the principles of decent work throughout the Republic so that no worker is left behind."

Tanzila Narbayeva, Chairwoman of the Senate of the Republic of Uzbekistan
Nozim Khusanov, Minister of Employment and Labour Relations of the Republic of Uzbekistan, expressed hope that cooperation with the ILO will only be strengthened in the creation and promotion of decent and quality jobs for inclusive growth, improving employment policy, improving the quality of the labour force and its mobility. He also stressed that the development of the Roadmap for 2022-2023 will further strengthen the promotion of the principles of decent work and social dialogue, further improve working conditions, achieve gender equality in the world of work and expand social protection of the population in Uzbekistan.

“A country that was able to move from denying the existence of the problem a little more than 10 years ago to the generally recognized eradication of the systematic use of child and forced labour is able to solve many problems. Supporting the ambitious plans, the ILO is ready to work more closely together with the Uzbek partners,” said Olga Koulaeva, Director of the ILO Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

The round table participants were divided into thematic groups according to the priority areas of the Decent Work Country Programme and discussed the draft Roadmap, as well as made proposals for its further improvement.