Vietnam, ILO sign decent work country programme for 2022 - 2026

VOV.VN - Representatives of the Vietnamese Government, workers, and employers and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) signed The Decent Work Country Programme Vietnam 2022 to 2026 on March 28 in Hanoi.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the programme was signed by Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Dao Ngoc Dung, Nguyen Dinh Khang, president of the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL), Pham Tan Cong, chairman of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), Nguyen Ngoc Bao, president of the Vietnam Cooperative Alliance (VCA), and Ingrid Christensen, country director for Vietnam of the ILO.

The country programme serves as a co-operation framework for the ILO and Vietnamese partners until 2026 with a view of ensuring decent and sustainable work for all Vietnamese people by 2026 , especially those at risk of being left behind economically. The scheme will contribute and benefit equitably from the sustainable, inclusive, and gender-responsive economic transformation based on innovation, entrepreneurship, enhanced productivity, competitiveness, and decent work.

It also seeks to ensure that people will benefit from inclusive, gender-responsive, disability-sensitive, equitable, affordable, and quality social services and social protection systems; allows people to move further out of poverty; and be empowered to reach their full potential.

Another priority of the prorgamme is that people will benefit from and contribute to a more just, safe, and inclusive society based on improved governance. This is along with creating more responsive institutions, strengthening the rule of law and the protection of and respect for human rights, and achieving gender equality and freedom from all forms of violence and discrimination in line with the nation’s international commitments.

As part of his speech at the signing ceremony, Minister Dung said that since the Decent Work Agenda was launched globally by the ILO, the nation and the organisation have signed and implemented the Decent Work Country Programme for 2006 to 2010, 2012 to 2016, and 2017 to 2021.

During these three phases, the ILO have always alongside the nation’s tripartite constituents, including the Government, as well as the workers' and employers' organisations, to effectively carry out this scheme which helps to promote social equality and progress.

He affirmed that in the fourth phase, the Vietnamese Government will continue to focus on employment, human resources development, and social security in association with international economic integration in the new context. This will be done to ensure the conformity with the sustainable development strategy, a balance between economic and social targets, as well as the interests of workers, enterprises, and society.

Christensen noted that Vietnamese priorities include green jobs and productivity, social protection, and security for workers, as well as the maintenance of the effective governance of the labour market and labour relations, all of which have received appreciation.

The ILO stays ready to work closely with the Vietnamese Government and social partners, she said, adding that with close co-operation among the parties, differences can be created at the national and local levels.

She also expressed her confidence that the signing and the Decent Work Country Programme Vietnam for 2022 to 2026 will be the next important step towards achieving the common goal of promoting social equality and sustainable work for all.

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