November 22, 2017
Kathmandu: Secretary at the Ministry of Labour and Employment Laxman Prasad Mainali has requested Director General (DG) of ILO Guy Ryder to launch skill development and green-jobs creation programmes in Nepal.
The Labour Secretary was in Geneva to attend the 331st Governing Board Meeting of ILO. The GB meeting started from 26 October and continued till 9 November 2017.
The meeting discussed issues related to strengthening co-operation between ILO and Nepal, the Permanent Mission/Embassy of Nepal in Geneva stated in a press release.
Stating that a large number of Nepali youths are migrating for foreign employment, the Labour Secretary underscored that concerted efforts are necessary to safeguard their fundamental rights at the workplace in the destination countries. He underlined the need to create decent jobs for the youths back home and asked ILO to support Nepal in this endeavors. He informed about the activities taken under the labour reform programs highlighting the major provisions of new labour Act.
Binda Pandey, a deputy member of the Governing Board of ILO, from the workers group raised concerns related with the decent work and labour migration agenda. She also requested for technical support that ILO could extend to Nepal in implementing some of the social measures of new Labour Act, including in capacity building and the labour inspection.
She informed about the upcoming federal and provincial elections in Nepal. Pandey proposed to continue decent work country program for another 5 years in tune with the tenure of the forthcoming elected government that will be in place in the near future, the press release reads.