• International Workplace
  • 6 December 2016

Asia-Pac and Arab states meet to discuss equitable employment

Representatives from some 35 countries throughout Asia, the Pacific and the Arab states are meeting in Bali this week (6-9 December) to discuss issues such as job creation and promoting equitable work opportunities.

The 16th Asia and the Pacific Regional Meeting (APRM) is being organised by the International Labour Organization (ILO). About 400 people, including more than 20 Ministers, are expected to attend the four-day meeting.

Plenary sessions will look at some of the challenges faced and policies required to create better jobs, developing the workforce skills needed for economic development, and strengthening social dialogue so that it supports inclusive growth. There will also be discussions on labour migration and migrant recruitment, the growth of Multinational Enterprises in the region, and improving the gender balance in policy discussions. 

The conclusions of the APRM will help to shape the national labour and employment policies of the ILO’s member States, as well as the ILO‘s work in the region. 

A range of specially prepared documents will support the discussions, including a new report from the ILO's Director-General that focuses on building inclusive and sustainable development with decent work, a statistical report with labour and employment-related data from the region, and technical briefs on gender equality, global supply chains, labour migration, social protection, trade and regional integration, wages, the garment sector, youth employment and fragile states.  

Follow this week’s conference (6-9 December) on Twitter via #ILOAPRM.