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ILO’s support to the process

The International Labour Organization is providing wide ranging technical support to ensure the successful formulation of the policy. These include:

  • Providing process management support to the Senior Minister’s Secretariat to lead the formulation of the policy document
  • Providing technical inputs based on globally agreed agenda such as MDGs and Global Employment Agenda to the policy document
  • Providing support to reflect the national decent work plan in the development of the policy document
  • Facilitating the national and regional consultations with a wide range of stakeholders including other government ministries, regional government institutions, employers’ organisations, workers organisations, academic institutions and professional institutions

Message from Mr. Donglin Li, Country Director for Sri Lanka and Maldives, International Labour Organization:

The ILO believes that women and men need broad-based skills that can be adapted to rapidly changing economic requirements and that sound education and training policies, and labour market policies could provide an important instrument to offset the negative impacts of globalization. At the same time, people need to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to take advantage of the emerging opportunities in domestic and international labour markets.

Sri Lanka is at a critical stage in its history. Whilst overall unemployment has declined, numerous challenges still remain and targeted interventions are required. Levels of unemployment amongst youth and women continue to be high with especially high levels of unemployment amongst the educated youth. Moreover, more than 60% of those employed are in the informal sector, indicating a high degree of vulnerability and a large percentage of working poor. In this context,the National Human Resources and Employment Policy needs to play a critical role in promoting the development of the labour market and employment creation to promote and improve competitiveness of enterprises, employability of the labour force, matching the demand and supply of labour, ensuring decent working conditions, wages as well as social security for workers and their families.

I believe this policy will be the foundation on which the country can make full use of its human resource capabilities and ensure decent work for all. I sincerely hope that the policy will be fully implemented once it is finalized and adopted.

Last Updated on Monday, 10 October 2011 05:01  

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