‘Decent Work Country Programme’ launched – 06 May 2023

Scheme aims to promote social safety and implementation of international labour standards

The Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development, employers’ and workers’ organisations launched 4th five-year Pakistan Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP) for Pakistan during a signing ceremony held at International Labour Organization’s (ILO) office in Islamabad the other day.

The programme will be held between 2023 and 2027 and reflects the shared priorities of ILO’s tripartite constituents in Pakistan – the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development, employers’ and workers’ organizations.

The programme aims to promote employment, social protection, respect for international labour standards, occupational safety and health to make workplaces safe and inclusive. Pakistan was one of the first countries globally to develop a tripartite DWCP in 2005, demonstrating its commitment to lead by example. The programme is aligned with Pakistan’s national priorities set out in Vision 2025, provincial policies and the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework for Pakistan, supporting the countries’ realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals. DWCP aims to address critical areas of concern in Pakistan’s workforce.

ILO Country Director Geir Tonstol congratulated the ILO for providing support and guidance for finalising the DWCP. He reiterated that Decent Work is the tool that can address the increasing disparities of the world.

Employers’ Federation of Pakistan Vice President Fasihul Karim Siddiqui called the singing of the DWCP a momentous occasion.

UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Pakistan Julien Harneis said that DWCP for Pakistan would create a more prosperous, fair, inclusive and equitable society as it is premised to ensure equal access to opportunities and decent work to all segments of society.

Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Secretary Zulfiqar Haider stated that the programme aligns with the government of Pakistan’s vision of creating an enabling environment for sustainable economic growth and job creation.

He assured that in the next five years, the ministry will take concrete and affirmative measures to ensure that decent employment, skills and social protection are mainstreamed to enable just transitions for all. He also emphasised the government’s resolve for effective enforcement of Occupational Safety and Health.

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