Vietnam prepares to attend ASEAN forum on labour migration

The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, in coordination with the International Labour Organisation, and the Australia Agency for International Development organised a national meeting to prepare for the 11th ASEAN Forum on Labour Migration (AFML).

Delegates at the meeting (Photo: VNA)
Delegates at the meeting (Photo: VNA)

The 11th ASEAN Forum on Migrant Labour will be held on 29-30 October 2018 in Singapore. It will be hosted by the Government of Singapore, as the current chair of ASEAN, and the ASEAN Committee on the Implementation of the ASEAN Declaration on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers (ACMW).

In line with Singapore’s 2018 ASEAN Chairmanship theme of “Resilience and Innovation,” the 11th AFML will focus on “Digitalisation to Promote Decent Work for Migrant Workers in ASEAN”.

According to the delegates at the meeting, digital technology continues to expand and integrate into the world in new and innovative ways. It can also play a significant role in advancing decent work and the protection and promotion of the rights of migrant workers. Used properly, technology can enhance migrant workers’ agencies to make more informed decisions and better understand their rights.

While technology can provide many advantages, there are also risks and limitations. Digital technology brings challenges in terms of confidentiality, privacy, and data protection.

Leveraging digitalisation to protect the rights of migrant workers and promote decent work requires an improved understanding of digital technology, as well as an improved understanding of the rapidly changing world of work and the future of work.

With seven working sessions, the delegates focused on reviewing national activities in the implementation of recommendations by the previous AFML, as well as discussing the topic and proposing recommendations to be made by Vietnam at the upcoming forum.