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Vietnam pledges to fulfill international commitments on labour


During June 20-21, Minister of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs Dao Ngoc Dung, as a special envoy of the Prime Minister of Vietnam, paid a working visit to the European Union (EU) and the Kingdom of Belgium to promote the signing of the Free Trade Agreement between Vietnam and the EU (EVFTA) and affirm Vietnam's efforts to implement international commitments on labour.


During two working days in Brussels, the Minister Dao Ngoc Dung had a cordial met with Mr. Jyrki Katainen - Vice Chairman of the European Commission in charge of employment, growth; Mrs. Celilia Malmstrom -EU Commissioner for Trade; Mr. Bernd Lange Chairman of the Commission for International Trade of the European Parliament; Mr. Joost Korte Director General of Employment and Social Affairs and Mr. Kris Peeters - Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy - Employment of Belgium.
The works focused on discussing issues related to labour commitments in the Chapter on Trade and Sustainable Development of the Free Trade Agreement between Vietnam and the European Union (EVFTA). This is one of the contents that the EU pays special attention in the process of preparing for signing and ratifying EVFTA Agreement.
Minister Dao Ngoc Dung informed to EU and Belgian Leaders about Vietnam's National Assembly approved the Resolution of joining International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention No. 98 on June 14, 2019. Currently, the preparations for the submission of the ILO's Convention No. 105 and Convention No. 87 are expected to be accelerated in 2020 and 2023. The Minister Dao Ngoc Dung also said that in accordance with the Resolution No. 57 of the National Assembly, the Labour Code (amendment) which incorporates the contents of the ILO Conventions and Vietnam's international labour commitments is expected to be passed by the National Assembly in 2019.
The Minister stressed that in parallel with trade and investment cooperation, Vietnam respects the sustainable growth and inclusive development, considering people as the center and the goal of development, economic development cohesion with ensuring social security.
Vietnam - EU relations have been developing strongly, comprehensively with the Partnership and Cooperation Framework Agreement (PCA) as well as the Vietnam - EU Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and the Vietnam - EU Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA) will be signed in the forthcoming time, Minister Dao Ngoc Dung expects the Agreements will become important milestones for the new phase of cooperation between the Vietnam and EU. The Minister proposes that the two sides will continue to cooperate closely in the coming time to promote early signing of EVFTA and proceed to ratify in 2019 towards implementation.
The EU and Belgium appreciated the efforts of Vietnam over the past time, especially the efforts in ratifying ILO Convention No. 98 and the work of amending and supplementing the Labour Code. The EU considers this as one of the decisive conditions for the Council of Europe to meet on June 25, 2019 to consider agreeing to authorize the European Commission to sign the EVFTA Agreement with Vietnam as soon as possible.