LAHORE: Labour ministers from six SAARC countries, International Labour Organisation (ILO) and EU dignitaries, representatives of Turkey and China, apart from labour ministers from all four provinces of Pakistan are taking part in the first day of South Asia Labour Conference today.

ILO Decent Work Support Team for South Asia director Tine Staermose is to deliver a keynote address on the state of decent work and working conditions in South Asia.

The head of the EU Delegation to Pakistan ambassador Lars-Gunnar Wigemark is also scheduled to brief delegates on EU’s work with Pakistan’s Ministry of Labour.

The conference has developed seven thematic areas and working groups will be formed to devise strategies and discuss harmonisation of labour laws, working condition, productivity and competitiveness in the region, labour market information for evidence-based policy development, labor migration, occupational health and safety, social protection, and protection of vulnerable labor groups.

Their recommendations will be consolidated and collectively presented on the second day of the conference tomorrow.

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