Dialogue promotes Viet Nam-U.S. labor cooperation
VGP - The 16th annual labor dialogue between the U.S. Department of Labor and the Viet Nam’s Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) took place in Ha Noi on November 16.
Addressing the event, MoLISA Deputy Le Van Thanh said the resumption of the dialogue after years of hiatus has helped the two sides share information about the labor situation in each country as well as labor cooperation and propose solutions to promoting labor-employment and social security cooperation.
While appreciating the technical and financial support from the U.S. Department of Labor, Le said these activities have contributed to helping Viet Nam to better its system of labor and social policies and improve the effectiveness of their implementation, as well as making the U.S. one of the important bilateral partners of the MoLISA.
Thea Lee, Deputy Undersecretary for International Labor Affairs at the U.S. Department of Labor, expressed her belief that the resumption of the dialogue will promote cooperation between the two countries.
At the dialogue, participants focused their discussion on reform of labor relations and technical cooperation, Viet Nam's efforts in addressing child labor and forced labor, workforce development in the digital economy, key challenges and opportunities, and safety and health at the workplace.
Vietnamese representatives updated the participants on Viet Nam's new labor policies, including the revised Labor Code (2019), the country's preparation to join conventions of the International Labor Organization, including Convention 87 and 98, and information on the implementation of the National Action Plan on Child Labor.
The U.S. side spoke highly of Viet Nam's efforts in recent years, including issues of interest to the US such as joining conventions, and child labor.
The U.S. Department of Labor also provided information on occupational safety and health, and labor in the digital economy, contributing to helping Viet Nam build orientations for occupational education development and training.
The participants also reviewed the implementation of cooperation activities between the two ministries in recent years, and proposed cooperation plans.