Jun 24, 2019 / 16:35

Vietnam reaffirms labor commitments to facilitate EVFTA signing

The Hanoitimes - The revised Labor Code, which is on track for National Assembly’s ratification in 2019, would be integrated with core conventions of the International Labor Organization and Vietnam’s international commitments on labor.

Vietnam is making more steps to fulfil its commitments regarding the implementation of core conventions under the International Labor Organization (ILO), according to Dao Ngoc Dung, minister of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA). 
Illustrative photo.
Illustrative photo.
Dung made the statement during his trip to the EU and Belgium last week to facilitate the signing of EU – Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), Vietnam News Agency reported. 

During his two-working days in Brussels, Dung had meetings with Vice President of the European Commission responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness Jyrki Katainen, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom, Chairman of the Committee on International Trade under European Parliament Bernd Lange, Director General of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion Joost Korte, and Belgium’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Employment Kris Peeters. 

Dung’s meetings with key figures in EU were focused on Vietnam’s labor commitments in the chapter of Trade and Sustainable Development under the EVFTA, which is a key point that both parties must resolve before the signing and ratification of the deal. 

Dung informed that the National Assembly (NA) of Vietnam ratified the ILO convention No.98 on June 14, while the government is expected to submit to the NA two other ILO conventions, No. 105 and 87 in 2020 and 2023. 

Dung said under the NA’s Resolution No.57, the revised Labor Code, which is on track for NA’s ratification in 2019, would be integrated with ILO’s core conventions and Vietnam’s international commitments on labor. 

Vietnam gives priority to sustainable development and inclusive growth, Dung stated, adding the government puts the people at the center and being the main beneficiary of the economic development process.

The EU and Belgian officials highly regarded Vietnam’s efforts, especially the ratification of ILO’s convention No.98 and the revising of the Labor Code. 

The European Council is scheduled to hold a meeting on June 25 and authorize the European Commission to sign the EVFTA with Vietnam at the soonest time possible.