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Press releases

  1. Strengthening & Promoting Business Development Services (BDS) for COVID-19 Recovery in Tonga

    01 July 2021

    The Tongan Ministry of Trade and Economic Development (MTED) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), allowing for mutual participation in the planning and implementation of the activities that will enable micro and small enterprise, particularly the informal sector to access business training, advisory services and mentoring.

  2. Informal sectors of Fiji, Palau, Tonga and Vanuatu key to COVID-19 economic recovery

    26 February 2021

  3. Rethinking New Strategies For Pacific Communities - Covid-19 And Social Protection

    02 December 2020

  4. Make persons with disabilities a priority during COVID-19 recovery in the Pacific

    01 December 2020

What's new

  1. Tonga’s first ever tapa trade show to commence in August

    22 July 2021

    The newly-formed Tonga National Tapa-making Workers' Association [TNTWA] plans to inaugurate the association with the country’s first-ever Tapa Trade Show. Organized in partnership with the Tonga Public Service Association, TNTWA was formed through the support of the UN’s Informal Economies Recovery Project. The trade show is expected to be the first of an annual quarterly calendar, aimed at boosting members’ income flow.

  2. 19 local business trainers in Fiji introduced to ILO’s Community Based Enterprise Development (C-BED) tools

    22 July 2021

    In an effort to strengthen Business Development Services (BDS) in Fiji, the ILO organised and delivered a Training of Facilitators (ToF) on 1st June 2021.

  3. Informal sector workers in Vanuatu to have a voice

    22 July 2021

    An initiative led by the Vanuatu Association of Public Employees Trade Union (VAPSE) and the Vanuatu National Workers Union (VNWU), aims to formalise existing informal sector associations, particularly those in the creative and agriculture sectors, on Santo and the Northern Provinces of Vanuatu.

  4. One voice: supporting Fijian visual artists influence national covid-19 recovery

    20 July 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed and magnified the creative industries’ pre-existing volatility. Due to the complex nature of their work, artists and cultural professionals are particularly affected and lockdown measures around the world directly impact the entire creative value chain – creation, production, distribution and access.


  1. ILO statement for the July edition of the MPTF Informal Economies Recovery Project Monthly Newsletter

    22 July 2021

    Director ILO Office for Pacific Island Countries, Mr. Matin Karimli

  2. UNESCO statement for the May - June edition of the MPTF Informal Economies Recovery Project Monthly Newsletter

    31 May 2021

    Director of the Office and UNESCO Representative to the Pacific States

  3. Address by the Director, ILO Office for Pacific Island Countries at the Fiji Trades Union Congress (FTUC) 48th Biennial Delegates Conference - Building Workers' Rights through Organizing

    30 August 2020

    by Mr. Matin Karimli , Director, ILO Office for Pacific Island Countries, 29th August 2020

  4. Video message transcript for the launch of the online employment sevices platform, Cook Islands

    31 July 2020

    by Mr. Matin Karimli, Director, ILO Office for Pacific Island Countries, 31st July 2020