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29 November 2018 - MINISTER OF HOME AFFAIRS ATTENDS 25TH MEETING OF ASEAN LABOUR MINISTERS

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KUALA LUMPUR, THURSDAY, 29 NOVEMBER 2018 - The Minister of Home Affairs, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong, had attended the 25th session of the ASEAN Labour Ministers Meeting (ALMM) and the 10th ASEAN Labour Ministers' Plus Three Meeting (ALMM+3) hosted by the Government of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur from 28-29 November 2018.

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The 25th ALMM was officially opened on 28 November 2018 by the Minister of Human Resources Malaysia, M. Kula Segaran and witnessed by the Secretary General of ASEAN, Dato Lim Jock Hoi, the Labour Ministers and senior labour officials of ASEAN as well as members of the ASEAN Secretariat.

During the meeting, ASEAN Labour Ministers took note of the relevant decisions made by ASEAN Heads of State during the 30th and 31st ASEAN Summits held in April and November 2017 in Manila, the Philippines as well as the outcomes of 32nd and 33rd ASEAN Summits held in April and November 2018 in Singapore. The ASEAN Labour Ministers had welcomed the adoption by ASEAN Heads of State of the ASEAN Declaration on Promoting Green Jobs for Equity and Inclusive Growth of ASEAN Community during the 33rd ASEAN Summit and noted the interest of the Government of Malaysia and Singapore to undertake to prepare Joint ASEAN Statements on green skills and the future of work, respectively. The Joint Statements are expected to be delivered by ASEAN during next year's International Labour Conference in Geneva, Switzerland.

During the 25th ALMM which started on 28 November, Ministers had supported and endorsed various action plans and initiatives implementing several key ASEAN Labour Ministers' documents including an Action Plan and its Self-Assessment Tool to implement the ASEAN Consensus on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Migrant Workers as well as a list of initiatives under the ASEAN Occupational Safety & Health Net (OSHNET) sectoral body to implement the ASEAN Labour Ministers' Statement on Improving Occupational Safety and Health for Sustainable Economic Growth – in which both initiatives had been noted by ASEAN Heads of State during the 33rd ASEAN Summit held on 11-15 November 2018 in Singapore. The Ministers had also reviewed and discussed the on-going progress of the Regional Action Plan to implement the Vientiane Declaration on Transition from Informal Employment to Formal Employment towards Decent Work Promotion in ASEAN.

Following the 25th ALMM, the Minister of Home Affairs and the delegation of Brunei Darussalam had attended the 10th ALMM+3 where ASEAN+3 Ministers exchanged views on this year's meeting theme on promoting green jobs for equity and inclusive growth of ASEAN Community.

In his remarks, the Minister of Home Affairs had underscored the need for data to guide policy creation in the context of green jobs. "To formulate a coherent understanding of the green economy potential for Governments - not only Brunei Darussalam but ASEAN nations as collective - enhanced data collection relating to the green economy and the environmental sector would be valuable. Improved data on green and decent jobs is particularly needed to assess the impact of climate change and climate-related policies on employment and the potential for inclusion of workers" he said. "Brunei Darussalam is actively endeavoring to seek new avenues for economic sustainability and development in light of the growing international urgency to realize and actualize environmental protection and climate control".

Present at 10th ALMM+3 meeting were the Vice Ministers from the People's Republic of China, Japan and Republic of Korea.

Minister of Human Resources of Malaysia, M Kula Segaran, who chaired the 25th ALMM and 10th ALMM+3 meetings, expressed his appreciation for the support given by his ASEAN counterparts as well as the Plus Three Dialogue Partners while also underscoring the importance of the meeting in reviewing the progress of labour cooperation between ASEAN member countries and its Dialogue Partners

During the meeting, ASEAN Ministers overseeing labour and employment had also reviewed and agreed to enhance future activities to further labour technical cooperation between ASEAN member countries. 

On the sidelines of the 25th ALMM, the Minister of Home Affairs had taken the opportunity to have courtesy calls to exchange on matters of mutual interest with the Minister of Human Resources Malaysia, M. Kula Segaran and the Minister of Manpower Singapore, Mdm Josephine Teo. 

The Brunei delegation included the Ministry of Home Affairs' Permanent Secretary (Safety, Welfare & Law), Awang Mohd Amir Hairil bin Haji Mahmud, Brunei Darussalam's High Commissioner to Malaysia, Tuan Yang Terutama Dato Paduka Haji Alaihuddin bin POKDSLDSU Haji Awang Mohd Taha, Acting Labour Commissioner, Awang Muhd Saufi bin Haji Ibrahim as well as senior officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs and Department of Labour.

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