The 104th Session of the International Labour Conference (ILC) takes place in Geneva
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From 1st to 13th of June 2015, ILO convened its 104th session of the International Labour Conference in Geneva bring together more than four thousand participants from around the world. President François Hollande, President Juan Carlos and the 2014 Noble prize winner Mr. Kailash Satyarthi were among the guest speakers.
Afghanistan Delegation led by H.E Dr. Nasrin Oryakhil, Ministry of Labour, Social, Martyred and Disabled arrived in Geneva on 30th of May 2015 and on 8th June 2015, Minister Oryakhil delivered her speech, emphasizing on solution for unemployment and under-employment, labour migration, forced labour, and child labour. H.E further added that; unemployment is still the biggest social problem in Afghanistan, which in many cases resulted in de-stabilizing security and provoked farming and trafficking of narcotics in the country. H.E Minister Oryakhil in an update on the achievement of the Afghan Government talked about the implementation of project on pension service’s reform for the government employees as well as the amended pension regulation to cover the private sector workers in Afghanistan.
Women at work initiative, the green initiative, ending poverty initiative, standard application, enterprise, social justice, forced labour and wages were among the important topics discussed during the 104th annual meeting that were supported by all delegations.
On the side-line of the meeting, in order to further strengthen relations with ILO and its member States, H.E Minister Oryakhil met the Deputy Director General of ILO and valued ILO’s assistance in developing the draft national Labour policy for Afghanistan and demanded the expansion of ILO’s activities in Afghanistan. In the course of her bilateral meetings, H.E Minister Oryakhil met her counterpart from Iraq and both Ministers agreed on exchanging information on labour skills and technical experts.
Upon the departure of H.E Minister Oryakhil, Mr. Khair Mohammed Niru, Director General of manpower and work agreement of Ministry of Labour, Social, Martyred and Disabled held meetings with several delegations from the region countries and the United States.
NOMADES Swiss visits Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Geneva
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On 12 June 2015, H.E Ambassador Nanguyalai Tarzi, accompanied by Aziz Omar, Counselor of the Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nations welcomed the representatives of the NOMADES Swiss in the Afghanistan Permanent Mission in Geneva.
Mr. Can Deniz, responsible for communication and operation, while presenting an overview of NOMADES Swiss projects in Afghanistan said that, “We have long been looking for ways to invest in Afghanistan, however due to several barriers we could not do much”, whereas now, we are seeking opportunities to support Afghanistan’s development goals in the sector of Agriculture, food processing and technology.
Following the meeting at the Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Geneva, Mr. Omar was invited to visit NOMADES Swiss headquarter in Neuchatel. During his visit, Mr. Omar appreciated NOMADES Swiss engagement in form of various technological solutions based on practice oriented, multi-disciplinary approaches and with the goal to improve the economic performance in Afghanistan and reassured to further facilitate NOMADES Swiss project in Afghanistan.