Uzbekistan and ILO work on roadmap to advance Decent Work Agenda

A round table held in Tashkent on February 23, 2024, chaired by the Republican Tripartite Commission, marked a significant milestone in Uzbekistan's journey towards bolstering its labour landscape.

News | 24 February 2024
Attendees, including distinguished representatives from the Ministry of Employment and Poverty Reduction, the Confederation of Employers, the Federation of Trade Unions, the Senate, and various Uzbek ministries and agencies, the UN Resident Coordinator a.i. in Uzbekistan as well as the Director of the DWT and Country Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia and a group of Technical Specialists from the ILO converged with a shared vision: to develop a Roadmap for 2024-25 that propels the effective implementation of the Decent Work Country Programme of Uzbekistan for 2021-25.

Guided by the overarching principles of inclusivity, sustainability, and social justice, the Roadmap is aligned with the country's national development priorities and strives to foster inclusive economic growth, social progress, and fair labour practices in the country.  Through a process of consensus-building and mutual understanding, the stakeholders have agreed on strategic interventions across various sectors aimed at improving the regulatory framework governing labour relations, labour inspection and OSH; enhancing decent work and better employment opportunities for youth, women and vulnerable groups, generated by inclusive and equitable economic growth; extending the access of the most vulnerable groups to equitable, inclusive and quality education and social protection; strengthening social dialogue and the institutional capacities of the social partners; and promoting enterprise development, green jobs creation, and greening value-added chains for a just transition.

The activities are tailored to the unique socio-economic landscape of Uzbekistan and include capacity-building initiatives, policy reforms and awareness-raising campaigns to support priority interventions. Continued collaboration among stakeholders will be essential to ensure the successful execution and sustainability of the Roadmap.

Ilkhom Khaidarov, Chairman of the Confederation of Employers of Uzbekistan, spoke about the active involvement of the constituents in the development of the Roadmap and stressed the importance of the tripartite consultations: “Tripartite consultations with the ILO showed us, the social partners, how to properly prepare for the strategically important processes of achieving decent work conditions. This allows each of social partners to determine in which areas productive cooperation is possible”.

Mikhail Pouchkin, Director of the DWT and Country Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia noted that along with the four pillars of the Decent Work Agenda a new element has been introduced into the Roadmap for development of enterprises and green jobs which also reflects the growing number of interventions in the country: “For the first time projects and programmes are integrated into the Roadmap so that they systematically contribute to the achievement of strategic sustainable development goals of Uzbekistan”.

The Roadmap stands as a testament to the power of partnership in fostering a future where decent work is a reality for all in Uzbekistan.

The principles of decent work should become a key factor and one of the main indicators of the development of labour relations and labour rights."

Bakhtiyor Makhmadaliev, Deputy Chairman of the Federation of Trade Unions of Uzbekistan