Ministry of Manpower Holds ASEAN Workshop to Discuss Foreign Workforce
(He discussed) the law, mechanisms and challenges (of the foreign workforce) in each ASEAN member state
Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Ministry of Manpower organized the ASEAN Regional Workshop on Information Exchange Policies, Foreign Workforce Mechanisms (TKA), regulations and arrangements between ASEAN member countries.
The Director General of Workforce Placement Development and Employment Opportunity Expansion (Binapenta and PKK) at the Ministry, Suhartono, stressed that one of the objectives of holding the workshop was to share information and best practices between officials issuing permits for the placement of foreign workers.
“(He discussed) the law, mechanisms and challenges (of the foreign workforce) in each ASEAN member state,” Suhartono noted in a written statement received here Tuesday.
According to Suhartono, the workshop includes a dialogue on strengthening cooperation among ASEAN countries to increase the capacity of practitioners to issue work permits.
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In addition, it promoted work permit procedures among ASEAN countries and disseminated information and data on the existing foreign workforce to better understand the current situation.
“We promote the possibility of establishing communication networks and discussion forums as well as updating the development of TKA regulations in ASEAN,” Suhartono noted.
He said the COVID-19 pandemic has hit almost every country in the world, including ASEAN, and has had a major impact in the labor arena. All parties must work together to overcome this, he said.
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In efforts to overcome the crisis, the Ministry of Manpower hosts all research, coordination and cooperation through the ASEAN secretariat.
“I believe that we cannot work alone to tackle this problem. In this time of crisis, ASEAN’s cooperation in the field of manpower must be closer and more compact. The solidarity of ASEAN does not leave any country, âhe explained.
The workshop was divided into five sessions attended by panelists of regional experts from the ASEAN project, ILO officials, experts from the Directorate General of Immigration and the Ministry of Law and Human Rights. .
âThere were also interactive sessions for all representatives of ASEAN countries, which provided new information on best practices and initiatives,â he added.
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