Vietnam applauds ILO support in policy making

The electronics industry is one of the most globally integrated industries in terms of organisation. Engaging in global electronics supply chains requires electronics companies to improve their competitiveness and ensure compliance with Vietnamese laws and international labour standards. This was affirmed by Mr Hoang Quang Phong, Vice President of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), at the Dialogue on Promoting Labour Legislation Compliance in the supply chain of electronics sector, held in Hanoi by VCCI and the International Labour Organisation (ILO). Production processes in different countries and regions connect companies in many different stages in value chains through complicated ownership forms and inter-company relations. The development of this interconnection network is aimed to enhance performance and usually vertically structured. But, this may lead to more substantial competition among local electronics businesses. Electronics is one of the largest forex earners in Vietnam. Specifically, in 2016, Vietnam earned US$18.96 billion from exporting computers, electronic products and components, up 21.5 per cent year on year or an addition of US$3.35 billion. Top importers of Vietnam included China, the European Union (EU), the United States and the Netherlands. Data from the General Department of Vietnam Customs showed that these exports brought in US$8.4 billion in the year to May 15, 2015, an increase of US$2.8 billion or 50 per cent over the same period of 2016. Therefore, joining global electronics supply chains requires electronics companies to improve their competitiveness and ensure compliance with…... [read more]

NDO – Labour ministers from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam (CLMTV) have reached a joint declaration on migrant labour safety, emphasising the need to ensure social security and safety for migrant workers in the world's common development. >>> CLMTV labour officials gather to discuss safety of migrant workers The joint declaration was reached during the second Ministerial Conference on Labour Cooperation in CLMTV, which opened in Da Nang on August 2, under the theme of “Promoting human resource development and decent work for migrant workers.” Addressing the conference, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam said that after more than 50 years since its establishment (1967-2017), ASEAN has developed to become a dynamic and comprehensive organisation. Within the ASEAN, cooperation among the five CLMTV countries is constantly expanding, contributing significantly to socio-economic development and enhancing friendship among the countries. With a population of approximately 230 million people, the CLMTV countries are not only members of the ASEAN Community but are also connected by the Mekong River, sharing a geographic proximity and many cultural similarities. Especially with roads linking the countries with large markets such as China and India, this is an important condition contributing to ASEAN to develop a new momentum in the future, the deputy PM said. To control and protect migrant workers, while limiting the negative aspects, Deputy PM Dam proposed that the five CLMTV countries focus on specific issues, including strengthening cooperation in education and training, economic development, trade exchange and science and…... [read more]

A view at the Samsung factory in Thai Nguyen where cellphones are manufactured. (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) - Local electronic firms have been urged to enhance compliance with established regulations, especially international labour standards, in order to improve competitiveness and to engage in the global supply chain, heard a conference on August 1. The conference was jointly held by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and the International Labour Organisation to promote law compliance across the electronics sector supply chain. The VCCI said that multinational groups and electronics suppliers must co-operate and exchange experiences to promote application of international labour standards at local firms. The VCCI promised to develop support programmes with aims to improve productivity, reduce risks which might arise from labour disputes and enhance businesses’ reputations. Specially, Vietnam must create policies that promote the development of the electronics industry into a spearhead sector of the economy. Electronics were major export products of Vietnam which earned revenue of 18.96 billion USD in 2016, representing a rise of 21.5 percent over the previous year. Latest updates from the General Statistics Office show that exports of electronic products reached 13.6 billion USD in the first seven months of this year, rising by 43.3 percent over the same period last year. Major import markets include the US, EU and China. Experts, however, say that the Vietnamese electronics industry is largely dependent on foreign-invested firms, while the cooperation between local and foreign…... [read more]

Workers at a Samsung factory. — Photo doanhnhansaigon.vn Local electronic firms have been urged to enhance compliance with established regulations, especially international labour standards, in order to improve competitiveness and to engage in the global supply chain, heard a conference on Tuesday. The conference was jointly held by the Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and the International Labour Organisation to promote law compliance across the electronics sector supply chain. The VCCI said that multinational groups and electronics suppliers must co-operate and exchange experiences to promote application of international labour standards at local firms. The VCCI promised to develop support programmes with aims to improve productivity, reduce risks which might arise from labour disputes and enhance businesses’ reputations. Specially, Viet Nam must create policies that promote the development of the electronics industry into a spearhead sector of the economy. Electronics were major export products of Viet Nam which earned a revenue of US$18.96 billion in 2016, representing a rise of 21.5 per cent over the previous year. Latest updates from the General Statistics Office show that exports of electronic products reached $13.6 billion in the first seven months of this year, rising by 43.3 per cent over the same period last year. Major import markets include the US, EU and China. Experts, however, say that the Vietnamese electronics industry is largely dependent on foreign-invested firms, while the cooperation between local and foreign firms remains loose. Viet Nam…... [read more]

Since Vietnam joined the UN in 1977, it has actively engaged in UN-initiated activities, increasing its relations with other member countries and organisations. From the very first days that the country won UN official membership, it received full advocacy from other UN members, including at the 32nd UN General Assembly when it received approval of Resolution 32/2, which called on nations and aid organisations worldwide to help Vietnam's post-war reconstruction work. Vietnam has also received substantial financial aid and technical support from the UN for its socio-economic development endeavours. During the 1977-1991 period, Vietnam's role and status at the UN were minimised by the Cold War. Despite a myriad of difficulties caused by economic sanctions, Vietnam still managed to mobilise non-refundable aid amounting to more than US$500 million from UN agencies. UN organisations have played a critical role in helping Vietnam overcome socio-economic difficulties and and consequences of wars and natural disasters. They have also provided Vietnam with assistance in various areas, including healthcare, education, maternal and child protection and care and implementation of family planning. These organisations have also created favourable conditions for Vietnam to improve its scientific and technological development, upgrade and build more production units, and enhance its development competence. Since 1991, Vietnam has actively adhered to UN programmes covering themes of global concern such as peace, security, disarmament, socio-economic development, family planning and environmental protection, thus helping to raise the country's status among UN members. To date, twelve UN agencies have opened representative offices in Vietnam,…... [read more]

The Communist Party of Vietnam has affirmed that human rights are the common value of humankind. It is the result of the struggle of the working people and nations across the world against oppression and exploitation. Vietnam has made every effort to struggle, protect and promote its citizens’ fundamental rights, which has been acknowledged by the international community. Human rights in Vietnamese law One year after Vietnam wrested back independence in 1945, the Constitution, the first of its kind for the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, was issued, laying a firm legal foundation for its citizens to exercise and enjoy the rights of freedom and democracy. In the following constitutions which were issued in 1959, 1980 and 1992, human rights, rights and obligations of Vietnamese citizens were finalised gradually in terms of quality and quantity as well as providing safeguard mechanisms. Vietnam was admitted to the United Nations in 1977 – two years after the country was reunified. Since then, Vietnam has joined many international agreements on human rights and made significant contributions to protecting international human rights. It ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989 and signed other international conventions regarding children’s rights, including those put forward by the International Labour Organisation, between 1994-96. Since the 1992 Constitution was approved, the Vietnamese Party and State have persisted in carrying out the consistent policy of heightening the protection of human rights, considering humans an important factor in building a rich people, a strong country and an…... [read more]

The tourist sector posted VND2.5 trillion (US$118.4 million) in turnover during the period, a year on year increase of 14.86%. The figures show that the province’s targets set for 2014 at 2.85 million visitors and VND2.7 trillion (US$128.6 million) of revenue are within reach. In the coming time, the province will continue to offer more products and services as well as a variety of promotions to attract more tourists. A Golden Tourism Week will be held from December 24-30 in the Hue relic site with many discount packages. The provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism is implementing a US$230,000 project on developing sustainable and responsible tourism which is funded by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the United Nation’s Education, Science and Culture Organisation (UNESCO). The project aims to promote the ancient ThanhToan bridge in Thanh Thuy Commune, Huong Thuy district, as a tourist site through developing sight-seeing tours and training locals in service and business skills. At the same time, the locality continues to cooperate with other provinces in the central region on the heritage tour project.... [read more]

Since 2014, the locality has implemented 16 ODA projects worth over VND3 trillion (US$138 million), about 60.6 percent of which has been disbursed. A technical assistance project to improve the planning of Hue city through 2030 funded by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) is currently a provincial highlight. The municipal authorities also have approved a number of projects related to medical service improvement, disaster adaptation and sustainable tourism development, which received financial aid from the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the Asia Development Bank (ADB), the Italian Government, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the International Labour Organisation and KOICA. Japan is one of the locality’s largest ODA providers, focusing on water supply, electricity, transport, irrigation and forestation. Meanwhile, the country’s non-refundable capital to the province is concentrated mainly on improving healthcare service and management capacity of authorities in areas suffering from disasters. ThuaThien-Hue is also one of the localities benefitting from a JICA-funded project to enhance the capacity of ODA management. JICA additionally offered scholarships to local leaders and officials from departments and sectors to study in Japan. ODA projects are performed in line with current regulations on investment and construction management, significantly contributing to promoting the locality’s economic growth and social development. Moving forward, Thua Thien-Hue will give priority to calling for ODA sources in urban development; expanding transport and communication networks; preserving cultural values; managing urban environments and conserving the natural environment; and implementing projects concerning climate change adaptation, public administration reform, human resource development and…... [read more]

This is a target of the Community-based Training for Economic Empowerment (CB-TREE) project funded by the European Commission (EC), which is being jointly implemented by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Vietnamese Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) between March 2009 and December 2010. CB-TREE will promote market-oriented economic opportunities and sustainable employment for poor rural residents, thus improving the capacity of the local community and reducing poverty in Ha Tinh province. Speaking at a project seminar held in Hanoi on April 24, ILO Director in Vietnam Rie Vejs Kjeldgaard, said that knowledge, skill development and training are important for Vietnam to improve its competitiveness in the current global situation. According to Nguyen Tien Dung, Director of the MoLISA’s Vocational Training Department, vocational training for rural labourers is an urgent issue that deserves the Government’s special attention. At present, the MoLISA is coordinating with relevant ministries and agencies to map out a vocational training programme for rural labourers by 2020 with the target of training a million farmers each year, he added.... [read more]

He made the statement at a seminar held in Hanoi on April 28 to mark the World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2009. Vietnam has exerted great efforts to reduce occupational accidents and diseases and the country became the first Asian nation in 1994 to ratify the Convention concerning Occupational Safety and Health and the Working Environment. With technical assistance of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), Vietnam finalised a national dossier on work hygiene and safety for the first time in 2005. In 2006, the Prime Minister gave the nod to a national programme on labour protection, safety and hygiene intended to reduce the number of occupational accidents and diseases in risky areas as well as improve the working conditions. Two years later, Vietnam joined many other nations in the Seoul Declaration to commit to implementing hygiene and safety at work at all levels and raising the entire society’s responsibility in the field. Rie Veij Kjeldgaard, ILO Director in Vietnam cited an alarming figure that every 15 seconds, there are 160 people injured and one person dies from work place accidents over the world. According to ILO, occupational accidents and diseases cost the world 4 percent of the global gross domestic product (GDP), 20 times higher than the world’s total official development assistance (ODA) capital. The MoLISA’s Labour Safety Department said that more than 4,600 occupational accidents occur in Vietnam each year causing nearly 5,000 injure and 500 deaths. Employees and employers’ poor awareness and lax implementation of…... [read more]




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