The Permanent Secretary of Labour joined the commencement ceremony of the Ship to Shore Rights South East Asia Programme through an online video conference. He shared experiences and best practices with other countries in the region and will cooperate with all sectors to achieve the program’s objectives.
Today (January 20, 2021) at 09.30 hours, Permanent Secretary of Labour Mr. Suthi Sukosol and Assistant to the Permanent Secretary of Labour Ms. Pattaraporn Samantarat joined the commencement ceremony of the Ship to Shore Rights South East Asia Programme online through the Zoom application. The meeting took place at the Saengsingkaew meeting room, 5th floor, Ministry of Labour.
The Ship to Shore Rights South East Asia Programme has a total duration of five years (2020-2024) with funding from the EU, and the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) as the operator in seven countries, including Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. The program aims to promote safe and normal migration in Thailand, in Southeast Asia, in the fishing and industrial sectors. The ILO had Previously undertaken programs against unacceptable working forms in the fishing and seafood industries. The Ship to Shore Rights Project in Thailand was the first country in 2016 and officially completed project in March 2020. The Permanent Secretary of Labour, Ambassadors, and the Head of the EU Delegation to Thailand are co-chairs of the national committee to drive the project.
In the commencement ceremony, Ms. Chihoko Asada-Miyakawa, ILO’s Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific praised the Thai government’s work in assisting migrant workers during the Covid-19 pandemic. The implementation of the recent Ship to Shore Rights Project represents Thailand’s success, together with its legal developments. Thailand was also the first country in Asia and the Pacific to ratify the Supplemental Protocol to the 29th ILO Convention on Forced Labour, 1930, and the ILO Convention No. 188 on Working in Fisheries, 2007. She also honoured Thailand as a good model for other countries.
In addition, the Permanent Secretary of Labour stated in a video that the Thai government by the Ministry of Labour is ready to share experiences and best practices with other countries in the region and are pleased to continue to cooperate with all sectors in achieving the objectives of the Ship to Shore Rights South East Asia Programme.
Source: Ministry of Labour