MoHA minister in Geneva for int’l labour conference

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THE Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Awg Abu Bakar Hj Apong, was in Geneva, Switzerland to attend the 105th International Labour Conference (ILC) from June 7 until 9.

In a statement from MoHA, it was said that theme for this year’s ILC is “Building a Future with Decent Work”.

During the conference, participants discussed issues related to the chains of world supplies, employment in the service of peace, security and resistance to disasters and the impact of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalisation.

The delegates are also expected to consider amendments to the Labour Code Maritime Convention and the Director General’s report on poverty.

On June 7, the minister in his plenary statement during the 105th ILC, applauds the ILO’s efforts in taking a lead role in promoting decent work in the global supply chain through the numerous systematic ILO development cooperation programmes implemented by the organisation between the year 2000 and 2015.

In acknowledging the need to create a diverse pro-business environment in the country, the Government of His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei Darussalam aims to ensure that at each step of the chain – from production to refinement to exportation of local resources and goods – that social protection should remain a top priority in Brunei Darussalam where demand should not come at the expense of the welfare and well being of the workers involved, the minister said in his plenary statement.

Prior to his plenary statement, the minister attended a brief meeting with ASEAN Labour and Employment Ministers hosted by Minister of Labour and Social Welfare of Lao PDR and discussed labour-and employment-related issues in the ASEAN context.

The minister also attended the World Day Against Child Labour Event, the World of Work Summit on Decent Jobs For Youth session, as well as conducted bilateral meetings with Singapore and Cambodia.

The ILO is the only tripartite United Nations agency formed in 1919. The organisation brings together governments, employers and workers representatives of 187 member states to set labour standards, develop policies and devise programmes promoting decent work for all women and men.

Brunei Darussalam has been a member of the ILO since January 2007.

Also in the conference were the Permanent Representative of Brunei Darussalam of the Permanent Mission of Brunei Darussalam in Geneva, Dato Paduka Hj Md Mahdi Pehin Orang Kaya Digadong Seri Diraja Dato Laila Utama Hj Abdul Rahman, the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Home Affairs, Hj Md ‘Abdoh Dato Seri Setia Hj Abdul Salam, the Acting Commissioner of Labour, Hj Rani Begawan Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Seri Setia Hj Md Yusof and senior government officials from the Department of Labour, as well as representatives from employers and workers.

The Brunei Times