National Preparatory meeting for the 7th ASEAN Forum on Migrant Labour (AFML)

This meeting is held in preparation for the 7th AFML in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar in 20 – 21 November.

Participants include representatives of ministries responsible for labour migration and the protection of migrant workers, employers’ organization representatives, workers’ organizations, provincial Departments of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, civil societies including the Task force for ASEAN Migrant workers, and international organizations.

The event will discuss the progress to date and implementation of previous forums’ recommendations at the national level, the 7th AFML’s proposed theme, and prepare recommendations for the 7th AFML. The focus of the 6th AFML was on “Enhancing Policy and Protection of Migrant Workers through Data Sharing, and Adequate Access to the Legal and Judicial System during Employment, including Effective Complaints Mechanisms”. The proposed theme for the 7th AFML is heading towards the 2015 ASEAN Community with enhanced measures to protect and promote the rights of migrant workers. Two sub-themes have been determined to cover: 

  •   Theme 1: Promotion of fair and appreciate employment protection, payment of wages and adequate access to decent working and living conditions for migrant workers
  •   Theme 2: Coordination and role of key stakeholders to set up and implement policies and procedures to facilitate aspects of migration of workers, including recruitment, preparation, protection abroad and return and reintegration.

The meeting is co-organized by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affair, the ILO-ASEAN TRIANGLE Project, and funded by the Government of Canada, Task Force on ASEAN Migrant Workers (TFAMW) and Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID).

The 7th AFML will be held on 20 - 21 November 2014 in Nay Pyi Taw. Myanmar is the current chair of ASEAN and the ACMW for the 2014.

The ASEAN Forum on Migrant Labour is an open platform for the review, discussion and exchange of best practices and ideas between governments, workers’ and employers’ organizations, and civil society stakeholders on key issues facing migrant workers in South East Asia, and to develop recommendations to advance the implementation of the principles of the ASEAN Declaration on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers.

The Forum provides opportunity to share stakeholder activities to implement the recommendations from past forums in Hanoi (2010), Bali (2011), Seam Reap (2012) and in Brunei Darussalam (2013) as well as the experience of developing the Draft ASEAN Instrument on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers.