Press releases

This is a list of official ILO press releases issued by the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. Some are available in multiple languages, indicated on the top of each release. The most recent release is at the top.


  1. 315 inspectors receive electrical safety training to help reduce fire risk in RMG sector

    03 September 2016, Dhaka, Bangladesh

    A training programme will build the electrical safety skills of inspectors to reduce the risk of fires in the RMG sector

  2. A model for reconciliation through local economic empowerment and sustainable employment generation

    30 August 2016,

    The Ministry of Labour & Trade Union Relations in collaboration with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) hosted a National Forum on lessons learnt from the ILO implemented Local Empowerment for Economic Development(LEED) project funded by the Government of Australia on 30th August 2016 in Colombo.

  3. New labour force survey gives detailed picture of Myanmar labour market

    29 August 2016,

    The Republic of the Union of Myanmar has published the first comprehensive survey of the labour force.

  4. ILO and Ministry of Labour and Employment, Department of Labour (MoLE/DoL), collaborate to strengthen functioning of employment services in Nepal

    29 August 2016, Kathmandu, Nepal

    The ILO and Ministry of Labour and Employment, Department of Labour, Nepal are jointly organizing the capacity development training on counselling and employer services to enhance knowledge on labour market information and employment services and strengthen capacity on counselling and employers services.

  5. Indonesia to strengthen its social dialogue on Decent Work for Sustainable Development

    25 August 2016, Jakarta, Indonesia

    Key Indonesian labour actors representing government agencies, employer as well as worker representatives will gather for two days at the High-Level Tripartite Dialogue in Jakarta from 24-25 August 2016, to further discuss employment policies, industrial relations matters and social protection issues.

  6. Experts debate options for reforming and improving Thailand's pension system

    23 August 2016, BANGKOK

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) held a seminar to assess Thailand’s future pension system.

  7. ILO-AJI Jakarta to launch media award for the best reportages on the protection of domestic workers

    14 August 2016, Jakarta, Indonesia

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) in collaboration with the Jakarta’s Independent Journalist Alliance (AJI Jakarta) is launching a Media Award for the Best Reportages on the Protection of Domestic Workers and the Elimination of Child Domestic Labour in Indonesia, today, 14 August 2016, in Jakarta.

  8. Unions intensify cooperation to promote decent work for domestic workers and eliminate child labour

    11 August 2016, Bali, Indonesia

  9. Asia Pacific: Unions undertake commitment to organize informal workers

    09 August 2016, Colombo, Sri Lanka

  10. The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to implement a “Coordinated Social Protection System: under One Window Operation” in the province

    05 August 2016, Peshawar, Pakistan

    ILO is supporting the Government of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Province for establishing first ever ‘One-Window Operation’ for Social Protection on pilot basis. A two-day workshop was organized in Peshawar with more than 50 stakeholders to design the OWO and ensure its ownership by the relevant institutions.

  11. Prime Minister to kick off Sri Lanka Human Capital Summit in August 2016

    29 July 2016, Colombo, Sri Lanka

    The Sri Lanka Human Capital Summit themed ‘Towards a Future-Ready Workforce’ will be on held on 11 and 12 August 2016

  12. ILO to launch new Fair Recruitment project in the Philippines

    27 July 2016, Manila, Philippines

    The ILO will launch a new project on Fair Recruitment in the Philippines. The 2-year project aims to establish fair recruitment corridors to prevent exploitation of migrant workers, to provide migrant workers with access to reliable information and services, and to share global and national knowledge about recruitment and engagement with the media.

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    Technology transforming industries critical for growth and jobs in ASEAN

    07 July 2016,

    A new study by the International Labour Organization’s Bureau for Employers’ Activities shows that the robot age is already a reality in ASEAN countries. More than 60 per cent of enterprises surveyed in the region see new technologies as a positive for increasing sales, labour productivity and employment of highly skilled workers.

  14. ILO supported flood affected families

    01 July 2016,

    The recent floods and landslides in Sri Lanka have affected 340,150 people according to information from the Government of Sri Lanka Disaster Management Centre, 84 people were died and 116 people were missing.

  15. Closing Ceremony of One UN Project: ‘Livelihood restoration, protection and sustainable empowerment of vulnerable peasant communities in the Sindh Province (LRP)’

    01 July 2016, Islamabad, Pakistan

    A One UN project implemented by ILO, FAO and UN WOMEN in 120 villages of rural Sindh showcased its achievements through a closeout event in Islamabad on July 1, 2016. Project supported 11800 insecure, unprotected and the most vulnerable families who have endured devastating floods of 2010, rebuild their lives and attained their Human Security.

  16. ILO Regional Director for Asia Pacific makes official visit to Nepal

    01 July 2016, Kathmandu, Nepal

    The ILO Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, Ms Tomoko Nishimoto, concluded her five-day visit to Kathmandu with a sense of praise and a great optimism for Nepal and its people.

  17. Sri Lanka commits to end worst forms of child labor in the country

    22 June 2016,

    The National Ceremony to commemorate World Day Against Child Labour was held at the BMICH on 22nd June 2016 under the patronage of His Excellency President Maithripala Sirisena.

  18. Promoting Safe Migration from Pakistan: Pakistan Overseas Employment Promoters Association launches a Code of Conduct on Ethical Recruitment

    22 June 2016, Islamabad, Pakistan

    Pakistan Overseas Employment Promoters Association (POEPA) today took a historical step towards ensuring fair and ethical recruitment of migrant workers, when the industry launched its first ever Code of Conduct on Ethical Recruitment. The launch was made in the presence of 350 representatives from private recruitment agencies. The Code of Conduct on Ethical Recruitment was developed with support by the ILO South Asia Labour Migration Governance Project.

  19. ILO Continues Farmer Empowerment through Economic Development

    20 June 2016,

    The Processing Plant is a joint collaboration between the ILO LEED project and Greenfield Bio Plantations (Pvt) Ltd with the financial support of the Australian Government was declared open on the July 20, 2016 by HE Bryce Hutchesson Australian High Commissioner of Sri Lanka and the Maldives

  20. High interest rates, low financial literacy amongst barriers to RMG remediation: IFC/ILO Study

    20 June 2016, Dhaka, Bangladesh

    High interest rates and a lack of financial literacy are highlighted as major obstacles to factories in the Bangladesh Ready Made Garment (RMG) sector from obtaining remediation financing according to a report launched by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and International Labour Organization (ILO) in Dhaka today.

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