The SGRA project (Supporting Grass-Roots Activities through the International Employers’ and Workers’ Network), which is being subsidized by the Japanese government (Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare), has entered its fifth year. In addition to Bangladesh, Nepal, and Thailand, in the current fiscal year the project is being launched in Laos as well. A JILAF delegation visited Vientiane, the capital of Laos, from May 17 (Sunday) to 21 (Thursday) for consultations and coordination with local people involved in the project.
The SGRA project is being promoted in Laos by the central Promotion Committee (PC), the policymaking body comprising representatives of the government (Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare), labour (Lao Federation of Trade Unions, or LFTU), and management (Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, or LNCCI), as well as the International Labour Organization (ILO). Field activities are conducted by the Vientiane Working Committee (VWC) and the Savannakhet Working Committee (SWC).
During the period, the first meeting of the PC was held to confirm policy and specific activities in fiscal 2015. Agreement was reached on the need to further strengthen collaboration among JILAF, the Lao government, labour, and management, and the ILO with the aim of achieving autonomous and independent development of the project. Furthermore, the first meeting of the VWC was held to discuss and confirm targeted network members in Vientiane, specific activity plans, and other matters.
In fiscal 2015 the SGRA project in Laos will target a total of 60 informal-sector workers (30 each in Vientiane and Savannakhet province in the south of the country) and will involve actively holding Life Support Seminars in conjunction with the ILO to provide information contributing to life improvement, promoting bridging to vocational training programs operated by the government and employers’ organizations, and establishing cooperatives based on the concept of mutual aid.
|05/17||Sun||1st PC Meeting, 1st VWC Meeting|