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Laos Marks ILO Centenary, Its 55th Anniversary of ILO Membership

(KPL) Laos celebrated in Vientiane on Nov 16 the centennial anniversary of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the 55th anniversary of the Lao PDR’s accession to the UN agency.

President of the National Assembly Pany Yathortou, Vice President of the Lao Federation of Trade Unions Aly Vongnorbounthan, Vice Minister of Industry and Commerce Valy Vetsaphong took part in the celebration.

Representatives of international organizations and relevant officials also attended the event.

The Lao PDR became a member of the ILO on 23 January 1964. Since then, the Lao PDR has already ratified 10 International Labour Conventions. Over 55 years of ILO membership, the Lao PDR has addressed key labour issues to advance social justice and promote decent work for Lao workers. Specially, the Lao PDR has issued the labour law, the law on social security, relevant regulations to protect and promote the right of workers and employers, strengthened the national social protection system, said Minister of Labour and Social Welfare Khampheng Xaysompheng.

Over the past 55 years, Laos has received technical, material and budgetary assistance from the ILO. This has contributed significantly to strengthening labour management and social-economic development in the Lao PDR, said Minister Khampheng Xaysompheng.

This year, ILO celebrates its 100th birthday and member states of the ILO around the world have marked the ILO centenary and their partnership anniversary with the organization with many different activities, according to Graeme Buckley, Director of ILO Decent Work Team for East and South-East Asia and the Pacific and Director of ILO Country Office for Thailand, Cambodia and the Lao PDR.

We are happy to witness that the ILO and the Lao PDR have walked a great journey together for 55 years already in advancing social justice and promoting decent work for all in the Lao PDR. And we are looking forward to our continued collaboration in making a better future of work for the Lao people, said Graeme Buckley.

On behalf of the ILO, I would like to reaffirm our commitment to continue our support to the tripartite organizations in your future journey and we look forward to witnessing your joint efforts in achieving the country’s development for LDC graduation and achieving the SDGs as well as finding solutions and effective measures for the advancement of social justice and promotion of decent work for all Lao people, Graeme Buckley added.

ILO, established in 1964, is the United Nations specialized agency dedicated to labour issues with a unique tripartite structure as it brings together governments, workers and employers representatives to set labour standards, develop policies and programmes to promote the rights at work, strengthen social protection, social dialogues, promote decent work, future of work for all women and men.

Source: Lao News Agency