ILO and Netherlands sign agreement to help Viet Nam better meet future skills needs in the garment sector | Information
News article | 16-12-2021 | 00:00
HANOI – The International Labor Organization (ILO) on December 16 signed an agreement with the government of the Netherlands for a new project that anticipates and responds to future skills needs in the clothing sector in Viet Nam.
Vietnam’s textile and clothing industry is essential to the growth and development of the country. It employs around 2.7 million people, the vast majority of whom are women, according to the Ministry of Industry and Commerce. The latest report from the Vietnam Textile and Clothing Association estimated that the textile and clothing industry will meet its target of US $ 39 billion in export earnings this year, equal to the 2019 figure. .
However, the COVID-19 crisis has hit the industry hard. In addition to factory closures and lost revenues, the pandemic has accelerated the drivers and megatrends that are profoundly altering the production of textiles and clothing. These include automation and digitization as well as the introduction of greener and cleaner production to mitigate climate change.
As part of the new two-year project starting in January 2022, the ILO will help the government, employers ‘and workers’ organizations in Viet Nam understand what skills the industry and its workers will need now and in the future. to come up. The project will focus on those most at risk of losing their jobs due to the COVID-19 crisis and increased automation and digitization in industries. This is an important step towards building a more resilient, inclusive and sustainable industry offering decent work opportunities to more women and men.
The Netherlands believes that a sustainable textile value chain is a prerequisite for a healthy recovery from the impact of COVID-19.
“Sustainable business models, including employability and skills development, contribute to the various current and future challenges of the industry,” said Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Elsbeth Akkerman. “I am proud that with this project, we are taking a new step towards a future-proof and sustainable textile and clothing sector. “
“Timely investment in skills can help accelerate economic recovery, return to work safely, reduce the adverse career effects of protracted unemployment and skills mismatch, and take advantage of opportunities that might otherwise dissipate over time. “
Head of ILO Viet Nam, Nilim Baruah
“Skills development and lifelong learning play a key role in tackling the impact of COVID-19, building the resilience of workers and businesses and building a future that works for everyone, ”said Nilim, ILO official in Viet Nam. Barouah. “Timely investment in skills can help accelerate economic recovery, a safe return to work, reduce the adverse career effects of protracted unemployment and skills mismatch, and take advantage of opportunities that might otherwise dissipate over time. It includes specific technical skills necessary for the growth of industries, new technical skills due to technological and other changes in work and production, and basic employability skills.
The new project is guided by the ILO Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work (2019), the ILO’s Global Call to Action for People-Centered Recovery (2021) and the recent resolution of the International Labor Conference on skills and lifelong learning. It will apply lessons learned from similar ILO skills anticipation projects in the garment sector in Brazil, Ethiopia, Jordan and Peru, and build on the achievements of previous skills development programs. of the ILO in Viet Nam. The project will be implemented in close collaboration with the IFC-ILO Better Work Vietnam program, and the findings and achievements in Viet Nam will be shared with other ILO member states through the creation of a platform. regional knowledge on future skills needs in the textile industry. and clothing in Asia and the Pacific.