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Yang Berhormat, Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Dr. Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong, the Minister of Home Affairs, and the official delegation of Brunei Darussalam had attended the virtual 109th International Labour Conference (ILC). The plenary session of the Conference currently being held from 07 until 19 June 2021. On 08 June 2021, the Minister of Home Affairs had delivered his plenary statement to the virtual Conference.
This 109th session of the ILC marks the first virtual format Conference in the 102 year history of the ILO in adapting to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. This year's Conference brings together over 4,000 delegates – representing workers, employers and governments - from the ILO's 187 member states from around the globe to exchange views and discuss the road to recovery in the world of work in light of the global pandemic. Also on the agenda of the 109th session of the ILC is a recurrent discussion on the topic of social protection as well as the formulation of an outcome document entitled "A global call to action for a human-centred recovery from the COVID-19 crisis that is inclusive, sustainable and resilient".
In his official plenary address, the Minister of Home Affairs congratulated the ILO on the successful organization of the first virtual International Labour Conference.
"I am pleased to join fellow constituents in also congratulating the ILO for their innovativeness in constructing, for the very first time in the history of the annual Conferences, a virtual International Labour Conference." the Honourable Minister of Home Affairs said in his plenary address.
The Honourable Minister of Home Affairs had also shared on domestic employment initatives undertaken within the context of the global COVID pandemic.
"The Government of Brunei Darussalam is endeavoring to build partnerships and collaboration between industry players, regulators and training institutions to formulate new upskilling and reskilling programmes for locals. We are motivating human resource development through the provision of online as well as hands-on training in Industry 4.0 skills and technical skills." The Honourable Minister of Home Affairs added, "The Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam remains cautiously optimistic as we trek the gradual road towards recovery. Nevertheless, we are positively reaffirming our investment into lifelong learning opportunities, supportive curriculums that bridge industry needs and sustain the protection of fair working conditions and occupational safety and health."
The 4 week Conference, opened on 20 May by the President of the International Labour Conference, His Excellency, Omar Zniber, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Morocco to the United Nations, as well as the Director-General of the International Labour Organization, Guy Ryder, will convene throughout the month of June and will resume committee meetings also in the months of November and December of this year.
Also attending the virtual 109th International Labour Conference as part of Brunei Darussalam delegation were Awang Md Amir Hairil bin Haji Mahmud, Permanent Secretary (Safety, Welfare and Law), Ministry of Home Affairs, Muhd Saufi bin Haji Ibrahim, Commissioner of Labour and senior government officials from the Permanent Mission of Brunei Darussalam to the United Nation in Geneva and the Department of Labour.
Brunei Darussalam has been a member state of the ILO since January 2007 and has participated regularly in the annual International Labour Conferences, traditionally held in Geneva, Switzerland.
Plenary Address By The Honourable Pehin Dato Abu Bakar Apong Minister Of Home Affairs, Brunei Darussalam 109th ILC June 2021.pdf
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