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ASEAN labour ministers to foster closer cooperation with civil society

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Concluding the ASEAN Labour Ministerial Meeting in Ha Noi, Viet Nam, eleven ministers expressed that they will “foster closer cooperation” with civil society organisations. Their communique below, issued on 24 May 2010, further noted such cooperation will promote “decent work providing the foundation of sustained economic growth, shared prosperity and social progress in ASEAN.”

1. The 21st ASEAN Labour Ministerial Meeting (ALMM) was convened in Ha Noi, Viet Nam, on 24 May 2010. It was preceded by a Preparatory Senior Labour Officials Meeting on 20 – 21 May 2010. The 21st ALMM adopted the theme “Human Resources for Economic Recovery and Development”.

2. The Opening Ceremony of the 21st ALMM was officiated by H.E. Nguyen Tan Dung, Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam. In his Keynote Speech, His Excellency Prime Minister highlighted the importance of effective labour cooperation among ASEAN Member States in building the ASEAN Community. The Prime Minister noted the adverse effect of the global economic crisis on Member States and expressed appreciation for ALMM’s focus on measures to upgrade the workforce, promote decent jobs, social protection and social safety net, ensure social equality and protect the rights of migrant workers.

3. The 21st ALMM was attended by the ASEAN Labour Ministers from all ASEAN Member States or their representatives. The Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN was also in attendance. The list of the Ministers is attached.

To read the complete statement, please click here.