Ms. Park Mihyung, Chief of Mission of IOM Viet Nam, made the above statement while addressing a consultation workshop on Partnerships and Cooperation on Safe Labor Migration for the Period of 2024-2028.
The event was co-hosted by the IOM Mission in Viet Nam and the Department of Overseas Labor (DoLAB) of Viet Nam's Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA).
The high-level consultation workshop provided an opportunity to evaluate the effectiveness of current cooperation activities between IOM and DoLAB while discussing priorities for further collaborations in the field of labor migration for the period 2024-2028.
Addressing the event, Park Mihyung highlighted IOM's experiences in working with the Viet Nam government and other stakeholders such as UN agencies, non-profit organizations, civil society organizations to facilitate safe and orderly migration for the sustainable development goals in Viet Nam.
She also emphasized IOM's commitment in collaborating closely with the Viet Nam government to promote skills development for migrant workers that not only focuses on better employment opportunities but also improve their migration experience.
IOM has partnered with the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs on labor migration, counter-trafficking, migrant health and skills development projects, focusing on capacity building, evidence-based policy-making, and legislative improvements, she noted.
For labor migration, the IOM has also worked to address vulnerabilities of women migrant workers, ensure gender equality and empowerment of voices of women migrant workers in all stages of the lab our migration journey, she added.
Chief of Mission of IOM Viet Nam spoke highly of Viet Nam creating an enabling environment for safe labor migration that is beneficial for people, communities and Viet Nam's socio-economic development.
"We are proud to work with government partners such as DoLAB to protect the rights and well-being of migrant workers and maximize the benefits of labor migration for all involved," she shared.
Participants at the workshop also discussed priorities for future partnerships and collaborations in the field of labor migration in Viet Nam that would focus on capacity building, continued legislative improvements, strengthened dialogues with countries of destination, enhanced career orientation, pre-departure information and counselling and re-integration support upon return for migrant workers.
Participants also agreed on common objectives for future collaborations which aimed to promote safe and regular migration of empowered and upskilled migrant workers.