A JILAF delegation visited Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, from February 6 (Friday) to 13 (Friday) for the SGRA (Supporting Grass-Roots Activities through the International Employers’ and Workers’ Network) project, which is being implemented with subsidies from the Japanese government (Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare). A meeting of the Nepalese Central Advisory Committee and a national workshop to review the achievements of the project in fiscal 2014 were held during this period.
The Central Advisory Committee consists of representatives of the government, labour, and management, as well as the International Labour Organization (ILO). At the meeting held on February 8 (Sunday), the participants confirmed the achievements and issues of the project in the current fiscal year and approved a proposed activity plan for fiscal 2015.
The national workshop on February 9 (Monday) was attended by a total of 80 people, including Secretary Bhola Prasad Siwakoti of the Ministry of Employment and Labour, Vice-President Shekhar Golchha of the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Senior Vice-President Ramjee Kunwar of the Nepal Trade Union Congress (NTUC), Ambassador Masashi Ogawa of the Japanese Embassy in Nepal, members of the regional working committees in the three districts where the project is being implemented (Bhaktapur, Parsa, and Morang), and members of the Training of Trainers (TOT) team, who are involved in specifically promoting the project. In addition, since this workshop is held jointly with the ILO, which is implementing measures to support formalization of the informal economy, an address was also given by ILO Kathmandu Office Director Jose Assalino.
In the workshop there was a session titled “Achievements and Issues of the SGRA Project in the Current Fiscal Year,” at which NTUC Vice-President Ayodhya Yadav gave a summary report and NTUC branch chiefs in the three districts where the project is being implemented reported on specific activities in each district and achievements in vocational training, finding work, and starting up businesses. In addition, a TOT member gave an activity report and a network member who had successfully started up businesses shared her experience. There was also an introduction of clothing, candles, and other items produced by network members who had completed vocational training.
JILAF then proposed the fiscal 2015 Nepal SGRA activity plan, which included (1) complete independence of the project in the Bhaktapur and Parsa districts, (2) the establishment of a TOT publicity and follow-up team, (3) strengthened collaboration with the ILO, (4) the implementation of vocational training led by cooperative societies, (5) the implementation of vocational training suited to market and local needs, and (6) the making of school uniforms for informal schools operated by the NTUC and JILAF in Nepal by network members who have completed training in sewing. After constructive discussions, the activity plan was unanimously approved.
In the ILO session, the ILO introduced its program to assist the informal economy and made a forward-looking reference regarding strengthened collaboration with JILAF in the future so as to promote the project even more effectively. Finally, JILAF and the NTUC gave a summary of the workshop and declared that all related persons would endeavor to further develop the project in the next fiscal year.
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Representatives of government, labour, and management and other guests
Report by NTUC Vice-President Ayodhya Yadav
Activity report by Parsa district TOT member
Woman who started up a business in Bhaktapur
Business report by Mr. Prakash Sharma of the ILO Kathmandu Office
Work by network members who completed vocational training