International Labour Organization delegation visits Uzbekistan

TASHKENT (TCA) — The President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev on December 14 met with the Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Guy Ryder at Tashkent International Airport, the official Jahon information agency reported.

Welcoming the guest, the Uzbek leader emphasized that Uzbekistan highly appreciates the fruitful cooperation with the International Labour Organization, which for over 100 years of its activity contributed to promotion of social justice and ensuring the rights of workers in the world, the President’s press service said.

Uzbekistan is a full member of the International Labour Organization since 1992. So far, 14 conventions of the organization have been ratified, including 8 fundamental ones. From 2017, a Decent Work Country Program until 2020 is being implemented.

Within the framework of this program, measures are being taken on improving the labor legislation of Uzbekistan, raising citizens’ awareness of labor rights, a feedback mechanism is being established for strengthening the legal culture of the population and promptly responding to violation of legislation in the sphere of labor relations.

From this year, the Office of the National Coordinator of the International Labour Organization has been operating in Uzbekistan.

At the meeting, mutual readiness to continue a constructive dialogue and expand partnership with the ILO on all issues was emphasized.

Guy Ryder highly assessed the social and economic policy of Uzbekistan at the new stage.

He welcomed the harmonization of labor standards of Uzbekistan with international standards, the adoption of the Roadmap on implementation in 2018-2020 of ILO conventions ratified by Uzbekistan.

At the meeting, an agreement was reached on development and adoption of a Roadmap for long-term cooperation with the organization, continuing work on ratifying the ILO conventions by Uzbekistan, training and advanced training of specialists in the sphere of labor relations, supporting activities of trade unions and the Confederation of Employers of Uzbekistan.

On December 14, Tashkent hosted an international conference on “Ensuring decent employment in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals: international practice and experience of Uzbekistan” within the framework of the visit of the delegation led by the Director-General of the International Labour Organization Guy Ryder to Uzbekistan.

The event was attended by experts from Uzbekistan, Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, experts of the UNDP, UNICEF, OSCE, the International Organization for Migration, and the Asian Development Bank.

Sergey Kwan

TCA