Upskilling needed in international integration context

Date modify: 11-27-2018
"Labour market policies and upskilling becoming more important than ever when Vietnam steps into the new era of inclusive international integration…" the message sent in the Conference "on Labour market policy and upskilling needs in international integration context" held by Ministry of Labour – Invalids and Social Affairs, Federal Ministry on Economy of Switzerland and International Labour Organization (ILO) on November 26th, in Hanoi.

A the meeting, according to Deputy Minister Doan Mau Diep, the socialist-oriented market economy means that the administrative interventions  of the State will be gradually reduced and terminated, so that Vietnam's labour market operates in accordance with the principle of market, complying with the standards of labour and industrial relations according to international standards. "Vietnam's labour market is moving in this direction," Deputy Minister Doan Mau Diep affirmed that in terms of institutions, laws and policies on industrial relations and labour markets have been step by step completed with the promulgation of the Labour Code, Law on employment, Law on Social Insurance and other relating laws. Labour market policy is reflected in the Law on Employment with the design not only of passive labour market policies, but also of the active labour market policies in order to support employees and businesses, to maintain jobs, avoid layoffs and reduce unemployment. The policies of the Vietnamese labour market also have solutions to support unemployed labourers who obtain alternative income support when they lose their jobs, can improve their skills to meet the requirements of new jobs through training, supplement the necessary skills, quickly find a job through supporting of the public  employment centers system. The policies of the Vietnamese labour market also support enterprises improving the employees' skills to adapt to the advancement of science and technology, reorganize and restructure labour to maintain employment for employees ...

In the context of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership  (CPTPP) and the ongoing efforts to ratify the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), Viet Nam is working to reform labour legislation and the industrial relationship system towards decent work for all in order to ensure a fair of free trade and productivity gains.

Mrs.Beatrice Maser, the Swiss Ambassador to Viet Nam , emphasized the importance of "social dialogue, improving working conditions and increasing productivity to meet the demands of globalization and contributing to sustainable and comprehensive economic growth." Switzerland has started the development assistance program in Vietnam since the early 1990s. Through the tight coordination with ILO and other development partners, the program has made the positive progress.

According to Mr. Raymond Furrer, Ambassador, Director of the Program of Economic Development and Cooperation , Federal Ministry of Economy of Switzerland, Vietnam's economic and trade integration enhancing is more important than ever to ensure all Vietnamese people benefited from sustained and comprehensive economic growth.

In this context, ILO Director, Dr. Chang Chang-Hee Lee confirmed the timeliness and relevance of this event. "Vietnam should have reliable, evidence-based labour market policies to continuously respond to changing demands of the industries and employees, together with providing social assistances necessary for employees in the context of rapid change with the characteristics of 4.0 industrial revolution" he said. He also highly appreciated Switzerland's support for Vietnam in improving business efficiency and working conditions through Better Work in the textile and  SCORE. sustainable business development) in the wood processing industry.


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