COVID-19 and Workers'Organizations

ILO Webinar on COVID-19: Stimulating the Economy and Employment​ in Asia and Pacific

The lockdown measures have sparked an unprecedented economic crisis in most countries around the world. “Jobs-led” and “human centred” economic policies have become increasingly important and necessary in the COVID-19 crisis and recovery response. The ILO Policy Framework on COVID-19 Crisis based on International Labour Standards identified out four (4) pillars to fight the crisis and one of which is the pillar on “Stimulating the Economy and Employment”. This webinar, part of the ACTRAV Webinar Series 2.0 will explore how economic and employment policies (in particular active labour market policies) can support workers and sectors in the Asia Pacific region to promote employment growth and more decent work on the road to recovery.


07h 00 – 07h 05 Opening remarks
Ms. Maria Helena Andre, Director ILO Bureau for Workers Activities s (ACTRAV)

07h 05 – 07h 35 Panel discussion

  • Mr. Christian Viegelahn, Labour Economist, ILO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific.
  • Mr. Shoya Yoshida, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation – Asia Pacific (ITUC-AP)
  • Ms. Sonia George, National Secretary, SEWA
  • Mr. Ravi Samithadasa, ACTRAV Specialist, DWT Bangkok 
Moderator: Mr. Ariel Castro, Desk Officer, ACTRAV Asia and Pacific

07h 35 – 08h 05 Panel of Reactors

  • Bernice Coronacion, SENTRO
  • Elly Rosita Silaban, KSBSI
  • Maung Maung, CTUM
  • Anton Markus, FTZEWU
  • Felix Anthony, FTUC

08h 05 – 08h 25 General Q&A to panellists from participants

08h 25 – 08h 30 Wrap Up and Closing Remarks