ILO calls for investment in people’s capabilities

Published On: May 21, 2019 08:56 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, May 21: With technological advances changing the nature of many jobs and leading to the need for new skills, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has called for expediting human-centered agenda for the future of work. 

As part of marking its 100 years, ILO Country Office organized an event in Kathmandu to share the key findings of its Global Commission Report that calls for investing more in building people’s capabilities to enhance skills for social justice and decent work. 

Addressing the function, Minister for Labor, Employment and Social Security, Gokarna Bista said the recommendations of the Global Commission Report have fittingly incorporated challenges that Nepal has been facing in the labor market. 

“The government has embraced the plan to provide decent employment opportunities to all people as their constitutional right,” he said, adding: “Social contract will be the basis to ensure social justice to all workers.”

Also speaking on the occasion, Secretary at the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security Mahesh Prasad Dahal said the government was making efforts to address skills mismatch in the labor market.

While expressing willingness to team up with the government to promote jobs at home, President of the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) Bhawani Rana argued that small and medium scaled enterprises should be promoted to ensure decent employment, especially to women. 

On the occasion, Assistant Director General of the ILO and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, Tomoko Nishimoto said: “The core issue concerning labor markets relates to the nature and portability of workforce skills and building an agile workforce for the future of work transformation.”

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