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    Minister Gamini Lokuge briefs ILC on Sri Lanka National Human Resource and Employment Policy and its Work Plan

    June 06, 2014

    Gamini Lokuge, Minister of  Labour and Labour Relations has said Sri Lanka prepared a comprehensive National Human Resource and Employment Policy and its Work plan after having had extensive discussions with all relevant stakeholders including trade unions and employer representatives with the blessing of the Sri Lankan President  Mahinda Rajapaksa.

    Minister Lokuge made this observation at the Plenary of the 103rd Session of the International Labour Conference on 4th June 2014.

    This year at the ILC we do have a discussion on facilitating transitions from informal to formal economy as a standard setting item as well. Most of the developing countries have large informal economies. In Sri Lanka it is about more than 60%. The workers in the informal economy suffer without decent work. Therefore, measures need to be taken in order to protect their rights of employment, the Minister further said.

    The Minister further noted that youth employment was one of the main areas that was discussed at the Youth Conference hosted by Sri Lanka, last month in Colombo.  He said in future, number of activities is to be carried out as a result of the conference and requested ILO to extend their support also to  implement the initiatives with regard to youth employment in Sri Lanka. (KH/SI)


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