SINGAPORE - A renewed partnership between the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) will help to promote the "decent work agenda", and strengthen aspects of the Asean regional integration process.
Announcing this in a statement on Thursday (June 7), MOM said this "will enhance capacities of social partners in ILO and Asean member states in the field of labour" as well.
The renewed agreement, which runs to the end of 2020, was finalised in consultation with the workers' and employers' organisations of Singapore, said MOM.
The ILO brings together governments, employers and workers of 187 member states to set labour standards, develop policies and devise programmes promoting decent work for all.
Decent work refers to work opportunities that are productive and deliver a fair income, security in the workplace and social protection for families, among other safeguards.
To strengthen the Asean regional integration process, there will be an exchange of knowledge, with joint activities such as a sub-regional workshop on the implementation of the Maritime Labour Convention in July, as well as the 11th Asean Forum on Migrant Labour in October.
The latest agreement was signed on Wednesday at the 107th International Labour Conference in Switzerland by Ms Tomoko Nishimoto, ILO assistant director-general and regional director for Asia and the Pacific, and Mr Aubeck Kam, Singapore's Permanent Secretary for Manpower.
"Our fruitful cooperation has benefited the region's development, by integrating the three dimensions of sustainability - economic, social and environmental - in our joint activities," said Ms Nishimoto. "While advancing social justice... this renewed partnership will also contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in Asia."
The agreement between ILO and MOM, first signed in June 2011, has been renewed twice, in 2014 and 2016.