On February 16, Labor Minister of Uzbekistan A. Abduxakimov received the ILO delegation comprised of the special adviser to the Director-General of the International Labour Office Kari Tapiola, the chief technical advisers of the ILO Anton Hausen and Steven McClelland, and the ILO expert Oksana Lipkan.
A. Abduxakimov expressed gratitude to the ILO for assistance to Uzbekistan in promoting the principles of decent work and that the cooperation between Uzbekistan and the ILO is progressive and constructive.
He noted the importance of Decent Work Country Programmes (DWCP), signed between Uzbekistan and the ILO. The Minister noted that the social partners and other organisations will continue to work actively to raise awareness of the unacceptability of child and forced labor.
The Uzbek side also expressed its intention to strengthen cooperation in the sphere of introduction of modern technologies and the further improvement of employment services.
In turn, K. Tapiola stressed that Uzbekistan achieved significant progress in preventing forced labor and child labor during the cotton harvest, and the country is demonstrating a responsible and balanced approach to international obligations in the sphere of labour, a constructive social dialogue is being conducted between the government, employers and trade unions.
A. Hausen noted that the ILO will continue to support the efforts of Uzbekistan in the implementation of the fundamental principles in the field of labor, in solving problems associated with the formation and introduction of new areas of work employment and social protection of the population.
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