(VOV) - Vietnam is consistent with its policies of associating economic growth with social protection, says Minister of Labour, Invalids, and Social Affairs (MOLISA) Pham Thi Hai Chuyen.
Ms Chuyen made the affirmation on December 5 at the plenary session of the ongoing 15th Asia and the Pacific Regional Meeting of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Kyoto, Japan. She said the Vietnamese Government has introduced various policies and programmes such as the national programme on poverty reduction and others to support poor women, people with disabilities, and disadvantaged children.
The country has also implemented national programmes on employment and vocational training which have created jobs for one million people every year.
Pointing out shortcomings in the Vietnamese labour market and social welfare network, The Minister said the country’s 2011-2020 socio-economic development strategy should focus on the domestic labour market, improving the quality and competitive edge of human resources and creating steady jobs for people.
Vietnam aims to reduce the number of labourers in the agricultural sector to 30 percent of the total workforce and increase salary earners to 50 percent by 2020, Ms Chuyen said, adding that Vietnam will continue helping disadvantaged groups integrate into the labour market.
Vietnam will also take the initiative to build a policy framework for social protection in the 2011-2020 period, complete a legal corridor through amendments to its Labour Code to submit to the National Assembly in 2012, and build laws on employment and minimum wages.
The Minister thanked the ILO for its cooperation and technical assistance in the past and reaffirmed Vietnam’s commitments to work closely with its social partners to maintain and develop effective coordination between the ILO and its partners in Vietnam.
Vietnam joined the ILO in 1992 and was elected an official member of its governing body at the 100th ILO General Assembly session in Geneva on June 6, 2011.
On the same day, ILO General Director Juan Somavia presented a report on “Building a sustainable future with decent work in Asia and the Pacific’, which is focused on devising measures for a better future and reviewing the achievements and challenges of the 2006–2010 period.