SGRA Project in Laos (October)

ILAF is implementing the SGRA project (Supporting Grass-Roots Activities through the International Employers’ and Workers’ Network) in Laos from the current fiscal year, and on October 1 it held the second meeting of the central Promotion Committee (PC), which consists of representatives of the central government, labour, and management in Laos and JILAF. In the meeting, the participants confirmed the progress, results, and achievements of the project so far and held policy discussions for the project’s development from now on. Furthermore, an Expanded Working Committee seminar was held with the purpose of training core human resources to promote the project, and specific consultations took place for the bridging of network members to vocational training programs operated by the government.
In the 2nd PC meeting, Mr. Ounkam Bounyaseing, head of the General Affairs Division of the Labour Protection Bureau at the Lao Federation of Trade Unions (LFTU), explained the main purpose of the meeting, after which Mr. Teruhiko Sekiguchi, director of JILAF’s office in Thailand, described achievements in Laos in the first half of fiscal 2015, including (1) the organization of a total of 70 new network members through Life Support Seminars in Vientiane and Savannakhet; (2) the holding of an Enlarged Working Committee (EWC) meeting aimed at the establishment of SGRA cooperative societies; and (3) the holding of an EWC meeting toward the implementation of bridging to existing vocational training programs operated by the government and employers’ organization. Mr. Sekiguchi also gave an outline of activities scheduled in the second half of the fiscal year. PC members expressed their determination to work together to promote the project and thereby improve and uplift the livelihoods of informal-sector workers in Laos.
The EWC seminar, meanwhile, was attended by a total of 24 members of the regional working committees in Vientiane and Savannakhet, where the project is being implemented. At the start, Mr. Sekiguchi explained the main purpose of the seminar (the acquisition of specific procedural skills, etc. for the implementation of vocational training for network members). The participants then split into their respective groups (Vientiane Working Committee and Savannakhet Working Committee) to formulate activity plans for network members. In the case of Vientiane, it was confirmed that English conversation and other training operated by the employers’ organization and others would be implemented for 30 tuk-tuk (three-wheeled motorbike taxi) drivers. In the case of Savannakhet, the participants confirmed that soil improvement training operated by the local government and others would be implemented for 40 sugarcane growers.

Schedule

DateContents
10/01ThuEWC seminar; 2nd PC meeting

Photos of Participants

Presentation of an activity plan by a member of the Savannakhet Working Committee

PC meeting

Explanation by Mr. Teruhiko Sekiguchi, director of JILAF’s office in Thailand