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ILO & Singapore Sign Partnership Agreement To Improve Labour and Workplace Practices

10 June 2014

  1. ILO NEWS (Geneva) – The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Singapore Ministry of Manpower have renewed their Partnership Agreement to improve labour and workplace practices in Southeast Asia.
  2. Under the partnership agreement, the ILO and the Singapore Ministry of Manpower will collaborate on cooperative activities in the areas of productivity, occupational safety and health, tripartism and social dialogue. The activities proposed include the sharing of information and good practices, research, fellowships, study visits and workshops. This partnership agreement is also in line with ILO’s agenda of promoting decent work
  3. The renewed Partnership Agreement will support the realisation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).
  4. The Agreement was signed by Mr Yoshiteru Uramoto, ILO Assistant Director General and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, and Mr Augustin Lee, Deputy Secretary of the Singapore Ministry of Manpower, on Tuesday 10 June 2014 at a ceremony held during the 103rd International Labour Conference (ILC) in Geneva, Switzerland.
  5. “We are delighted that Singapore has renewed the partnership agreement with the ILO,” Mr Uramoto said. “The introduction of the AEC raises many challenges and Singapore’s support and co-operation will play an important role in promoting decent work for all in the region, and strengthening the capacity of the ASEAN social partners to tackle work-related issues”.
  6. Mr Lee said: “The Singapore Ministry of Manpower is pleased to renew the partnership agreement with the ILO. This reflects Singapore’s continued commitment to working with the ILO and other ASEAN countries to improve labour and workplace practices in Southeast Asia”.
  7. The first Partnership Agreement between the ILO and the Singapore Ministry of Manpower was signed in June 2011. Activities organised under the agreement include technical cooperation to improve occupational safety and health in Brunei, a workshop on resolving employment disputes for ASEAN countries, a Singapore-Norway Third Country Training Programme on the decent work agenda and a study visit by Vietnamese tripartite delegations on the topics of industrial relations and the Singapore National Wages Council.