Saarc commitments on labour migration hailed

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Nov 30, 2014-

Yoshiteru Uramoto, assistant director -general and regional director for Asia and the Pacific of the International Labour Organization (ILO), has welcomed the commitment of Saarc leaders to improve the management of labour migration processes.

In the Kathmandu Declaration issued at the end of the 18th Saarc Summit on Thursday, the regional leaders expressed commitment to collaborate on safe, orderly and responsible management of labour migration from South Asia, ensure safety and well-being of migrant workers in their destination countries.

“This declaration is really a landmark in the history of Saarc, and I welcome it wholeheartedly” said Uramoto in a press statement. “As well as labour migration, it also touches on a number of other issues that are critical to improving the lives of working people and their families in the region.”

The ILO is ready to provide any technical assistance to help build fair and effective migration systems in migrant sending and receiving countries, the statement said. The 36-point summit declaration addressed issues related to trafficking of women and children, poverty alleviation, social protection and support for youths.


Women’s forum gets recognition



The South Asian Women Development Forum has welcomed the decision of the Saarc Standing Committee meeting to grant the organisation Saarc recognized body status. The 41st meeting of the Saarc Standing Committee on 24 November decided to grant the Forum the status.

The Forum is the first and only Saarc recognized body, working on the socio-economic issues of women at the regional level.

The organisation is a group of women-led institutions in the region. The institutions under the Forum work for capacity building, advocacy, dialogue, and information sharing for promotion of trade networks. The SAWDF is based in Kathmandu.

Published: 01-12-2014 10:12

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