Jan 13, 2009

Balochistan: ILO to Aid Development Programme

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Below is an article published by TheNews.com:

International Labour Organistaion (ILO) will provide a technical assistance to development initiative 2009-2013 planned by the government of Balochistan while focusing on promotion of overseas youth employment (50,000 in 5 years) and child labour free Balochistan.

This was highlighted by Donglin Li, Country Director, ILO office for Pakistan. Li together with an ILO delegation held a meeting with Sardar Muhammad Aslam Khan Raisani, Chief Minister of Balochistan to discuss this development initiative, says a statement issued by the ILO office here on Monday [12 january 2009].

The ILO delegation was visiting Quetta on the special invitation of the CM to initiate formal discussions for the design of a medium term programme and strategy to mobilize a donor support.

At the request of the CM, ILO will also give a technical support to the government of Balochistan’s planned “development partners conference” to be organised in Islamabad later this year [2009]. The objective of this conference is to mobilize the donor support for the Balochistan’s development initiative focusing on overseas youth employment and eradication of child labour.

In the past, ILO has been working in the close collaboration with the provincial labour department, other government agencies, employers and workers organizations, and other development partners in the fields of occupational safety and health in the mining industry, institutional capacity development, non-formal education to rehabilitate child labourers, and interventions related to the emergency response.

The ILO has also helped train poor women in selected trades, carried out leadership training programmes for women trade unions leaders, sensitized provincial parliamentarians on the women employment concerns, and given research grants to university students to conduct research.

Another pipeline project, with the funding from the European Commission (10 million euro), will support Pakistan’s efforts to implement its national skills strategy and by strengthening the national skills development system.