News and articles


  1. Press release

    Indonesia hosting an exchange of experiences of seven countries on how to boost productivity and competitiveness of small medium-enterprises

    01 April 2011,

    Employing more than 95 per cent of the world’s working population, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the main source of employment in developing countries, including Indonesia, but many of these have been severely affected by the global economic crisis. In Indonesia, for example, more than 60 per cent of the labour force, is employed in SMEs. And, most Indonesian SMEs are vulnerable to external shocks and have been finding it difficult to sustain operations due to the global crisis.

  2. Press release

    Building the commitment to reach a future without child labour in Jember, East Java

    31 March 2011,

    Child labour is found in almost every district in Indonesia, including in Jember, East Java where child labour can be found in various sectors such as in agriculture, including plantations, as domestic workers and in (other parts of) the informal economy such as street children. In addition, with a high rate of migration, Jember district is also vulnerable to child trafficking.

  3. Press release

    8 countries to discuss improving education, training for persons with disabilities

    28 March 2011, BANGKOK

    BANGKOK (ILO News) - Representatives from eight Asian countries will attend a Bangkok conference focusing on opening up educational and training opportunities to persons with disabilities.

  4. Press release

    ILO Country Director Mr Donglin Li Conferred with Pakistan’s Highest Civilian Award

    24 March 2011,

    Pakistan President H.E. Mr Asif Ali Zardari on the occasion of National Day conferred the SITARA-I-QUAID-I-AZAM Civil Award to Mr Donglin Li, former Country Director of International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Country Office for Pakistan, for his excellent services to the people of Pakistan. Mr Li is the present Country Director of the ILO Country Office for Sri Lanka and the Maldives. The Investiture Ceremony for the Awards took place on 23 March 2011 at the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo, hosted by H.E. Ms Seema Illahi Baloch, the High Commissioner of Pakistan.

  5. Press release

    Fair and equitable policies are key to quick recovery of Indonesia

    23 March 2011,

    The global crisis had a relatively limited impact on the Indonesian economy and labour markets due to Indonesia’s favourable initial conditions and because of early implementation of counter-cyclical monetary and fiscal measures, said the new study released by the International Labour Organization (ILO) on Wednesday, 23 March. The study entitled “Indonesia: Reinforcing Domestic Demand in Times of Crisis” highlights how well-designed employment and social policies helped Indonesia recover quickly from the crisis.

  6. Gender equality

    Sharing successful strategies for women’s entrepreneurship development: Learning from good practices

    18 March 2011,

    The National Workshop on Successful Strategies for Women’s Entrepreneurship Development is an opportunity for project’s partner organizations - Viet Nam Cooperative Alliance (VCA) and Viet Nam Women Union at national and local levels – as well as INGOs, donors and technical agencies to share experiences regarding economic empowerment of women and mainstreaming gender equality concerns in the field of entrepreneurship development.

  7. Press release

    Empowering ex-child labourers with vocational training

    11 March 2011,

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) through its International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC) is organizing an inauguration for ex-child labourers graduating from vocational training on sewing on Saturday, 12 March 2011, at the International Garment Training Centre (IGTC) in Bogor, West Java.

  8. Press release

    ILO-JICA agreement to improve Pacific Islands waste management

    18 February 2011, BANGKOK

    The ILO and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have signed an agreement to support improved waste management in the Pacific Island Countries (PIC).

  9. Press release

    ILO to assess the impact of trade liberalization on employment

    04 February 2011,

    Increasing liberalization of trade and the planned formation of the ASEAN economic community will bring opportunities and challenges to Indonesian businesses. Though exports and imports of goods and services recorded a two-digit decline in 2009 (exports decreased by 11.4 per cent and imports by 19.5 per cent on the year-to-year basis), international trade is back on a steady expansion path from 2010 in Indonesia.

  10. Press release

    Workshop to highlight legal, tax benefits of hiring workers with disabilities

    04 February 2011, BANGKOK

    (ILO Bangkok) The International Labour Organization (ILO), the Employers’ Confederation of Thailand (ECOT) and the Law Faculty of Thammasat University will organize a workshop on the legal and tax benefits for employers hiring persons with disabilities.