BRICS min­is­ters share their la­bor ex­pe­ri­ence

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By ZHAO XINYING in Chongqing zhaoxiny­ing@chi­

Top­ics in­clud­ing boost­ing in­no­va­tion and en­trepreneur­ship, im­prov­ing the so­cial se­cu­rity sys­tem and i ncreas­ing vo­ca­tional train­ing were some of the high­lights of the 2017 BRICS La­bor and Em­ploy­ment Min­is­ters’ Meet­ing, which con­cluded in Chongqing on Wed­nes­day.

More than 100 peo­ple, in­clud­ing la­bor and em­ploy­ment min­is­ters from BRICS coun­tries, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions such as the In­ter­na­tional La­bor Or­ga­ni­za­tion and In­ter­na­tional So­cial Se­cu­rity As­so­ci­a­tion at­tended the two-day meet­ing.

Yin Weimin, China’s min­is­ter of Hu­man Re­sources and So­cial Se­cu­rity, said at the meet­ing that de­vel­op­ments in sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy, the re­struc­tur­ing of the econ­omy and changes in de­mo­graph­ics have brought new chal­lenges for la­bor that re­quire BRICS mem­bers to work to­gether and come up with bet­ter so­lu­tions.

Guy Ry­der, di­rec­tor-gen­eral of the In­ter­na­tional La­bor Or­ga­ni­za­tion, said at the meet­ing that the strate­gic po­si­tion­ing of the BRICS coun­tries and their weight and dy­namism in the global econ­omy mean that they are all ad­dress­ing these chal­lenges, both glob­ally and na­tion­ally.

“You face some­times very dif­fer­ent na­tional cir­cum­stances, but there are com­mon is­sues to be con­fronted equally,” Ry­der said. “And that is why co­or­di­na­tion and shar­ing of ex­pe­ri­ence and good prac­tices be­tween you makes such ob­vi­ous sense.”

Yin said he had five pro­pos­als to boost co­op­er­a­tion in the field of la­bor, which he hoped would add to the wel­fare of peo­ple in BRICS coun­tries, in­clud­ing en­hanc­ing em­ploy­ment to achieve in­clu­sive growth, pro­mot­ing skills train­ing to al­le­vi­ate poverty and deep­en­ing co­op­er­a­tion on so­cial se­cu­rity to en­sure mu­tual ben­e­fits.

He also said the Chi­nese govern­ment has main­tained a peo­ple­cen­tered de­vel­op­ment path and has im­ple­mented proac­tive em­ploy­ment poli­cies to en­sure a sta­ble job sit­u­a­tion na­tion­wide.

Data from the Min­istry of Hu­man Re­sources and So­cial Se­cu­rity show that at least 12 mil- lion peo­ple in ur­ban ar­eas of China were em­ployed each year dur­ing the past five years, and a to­tal of 65 mil­lion peo­ple landed jobs.

Mean­while, the un­em­ploy­ment rate in ur­ban ar­eas has been kept un­der 4.1 per­cent, be­low the limit of 4.5 per­cent set by the govern­ment.

“Peo­ple’s em­ploy­ment qual­ity has been con­tin­u­ously im­proved through vo­ca­tional skills train­ing of­fered by the govern­ment. Mean­while, a com­plete so­cial se­cu­rity sys­tem will en­sure peo­ple’s liveli­hoods,” he said.

The meet­ing con­cluded with the sign­ing of four doc­u­ments in­clud­ing the Dec­la­ra­tion of the 2017 BRICS La­bor and Em­ploy­ment Min­is­ters’ Meet­ing.

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