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Top Stories : Statement by the Delegation of Thailand M.L. Puntrik Smiti, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labour of Thailand at the 329th Session of the ILO Governing Body under Agenda Item GB.329/POL/2 Outcome 6: Formalization of the Informal Economy on Friday, 17 March 2017, at the ILO Geneva

Statement by the Delegation of Thailand

M.L. Puntrik Smiti, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labour of Thailand

at the 329th Session of the ILO Governing Body

under Agenda Item GB.329/POL/2 Outcome 6: Formalization of the Informal Economy

on Friday, 17 March 2017, at the ILO Geneva

 

Thank you Mister/Madam Chair.

Thailand welcomes the significant achievements and the progress made thus far by the ILO in implementing Outcome 6 to facilitate transition to the formal economy in several countries around the world.

We support the ILO’s continued efforts to promote Recommendation No. 204 and the Strategy for Action for 2016-2021 in particular to improve national legal and policy frameworks, to enhance awareness and capacity of constituents, as well as to promote gender equality and address the needs of workers in vulnerable situations.

We believe that special attention should be paid to promoting social dialogue to ensure that the voice of all workers and other stakeholders in different sectors of the economy are heard. We should leave no one behind as we strive to formalize the informal economy.

The Thai economy relies heavily on workers in the informal sector. This is why we are doing our best to improve job security, social benefits and the standard of living of all workers. In recent years, we have developed our labour protection laws and regulations to strengthen the protection of workers in the agricultural sector and homeworkers. We have also provided financial support to homeworkers and organized capacity-building activities to make sure that our workforce is equipped with skills necessary for the fast changing world of work.

Our National Steering Committee on Informal Economy Workforce Management is chaired by the Prime Minister himself, to ensure that policy directives on this important issue come directly from and are endorsed by the highest level of leadership.

Transition to formality is instrumental in achieving Goal 8 of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to promote and sustain, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

Thailand urges that the needs and circumstances of constituents be taken into consideration in realizing Outcome 6 and in formulating the ILO’s programme and budget for the next biennium.

We therefore support the decision point in Paragraph 29.

Thank you, Mister/Madam Chair.