ASEAN Discusses Transition to Formal Employment towards Decent Work Promotion

ASEAN senior labour officials met in Vientiane on April 20 to discuss on transition from informal employment to formal employment towards decent work promotion in ASEAN.

The Special Meeting for the Development of the Action Plan of Vientiane Declaration on Transition from Informal Employment to Formal Employment towards Decent Work Promotion in ASEAN is a significant part in creating opportunities for more employment in informal sectors as well as to address development between urban and rural areas, the Deputy Director of Planning and International Cooperation Department, Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, Mr Chomyeng Phengthongsavvath, said at the opening ceremony.

This initiative is also to improve the potential of the private sector such as innovation, diversification of labour skills, new knowledge for the labour force and registration of business sectors in order to create favourable conditions for business income generation and poverty elimination in the ASEAN region.

In addition, the Transition from Informal Employment to Formal Employment towards Decent Work Promotion in ASEAN will promote effective and sound policies and mechanisms to support production activities, facilitating employment, promoting micro, small and medium-sized enterprise development including accessibility to financial services.

The main objective is to protect worker benefits in the informal sector with regard to security, workers’ well-being, and proper working environments for workers including migrant workers, especially women and those working in high-risk and hazardous environments to be able to access necessary treatment and secure basic income. Worker benefits are to be taken into consideration as first priority

Source: Lao News Agency