Participants attended the Conference came from Ministry of Manpower Indonesia, Government of YogyakartASEAN secretariat, Director of ILO Jakarta, representative of International Association of Labor Inspection (IALI), Labor inspection delagates from 9 ASEAN countries Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and two guests from China and New Zealand.

The conference officially opened by the Director General of Labor Inspection, Ministry of Manpower Indonesia, after welcoming remarks from the Government of Yogyakarta.  ASEC and Director of ILO Jakarta gave their remarks, before the opening speech of the Minister of Manpower Indonesia. The speech of the Minister stressed the importance of sharing between AMS, where countries with more advance ICT should share with and assist less developed countries. 

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Following a briefing on ASEAN LIC by ASEC, two presentations were given by the expert from ILO Bangkok (Mr. Rene Robert) and by IALI representative (Mr. Wilbur Oh), under the topic of “New Technology and Labor Inspection in a Digital Age Innovation, Trends, and Impact”.

Country presentations were given by 8 ASEAN countries plus China and New Zealand based on the 5 agenda themes, which were: Key Elements in Building ICT System for LI; ICT as a Management Tool; Improving efficiency of Labor Inspection through Mobile Devices; Challenges and Opportunities in Coordination.

Vietnam has presatiation explained that it is doing various programs in advancing LI capacity through website development, such as disseminating labor law, building an online system for its self-assessment program, as well as improving coordination and information exchange between central-regional level. 

The Conference concluded that the subject is relevant as a contribution towards achieving decent work for all workers within ASEAN Member States (AMS). Complementing national labour inspection strengthening efforts, ASEAN Member States support the use of ICT to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of labour inspection activities.

In addition to the various experiences and development level of AMS, the Conference concluded that there is a need for better understanding and know how of ICT in labour inspection management system.

As a follow-up to the Conference, the following recommendations are provided:

  1. Continue to build the capability and capacity of labour inspectorates including the areas of basic labour inspectors’ knowledge and competencies, as well as strengthening the usage of ICT in AMS.
  2. Encourage the sharing information and best practices among AMS at regional and bilateral levels with the view to strengthening labour inspection capability and capacity through ICT.
  3. Explore regional cooperation to support the promotion of ICT in labour inspection in migrant reliant and hard to reach sectors such as fishing, mining, agriculture and maritime.
  4. Strengthen regional and bilateral cooperation for the development of national ICT plans and systems for labour inspection including through technology transfer, technical advice, and, as appropriate, financial assistance.
  5. Call on the ILO to provide continued support to the ASEAN Labour Inspection Conference as well as provide technical assistance to AMS upon request for the development and/or strengthening of ICT systems in the field of labour inspection.
  6. Encourage IALI to provide continued support to the ASEAN Labour Inspection Conference and to assist in enhancing cooperation among AMS particularly in labour inspection system through ICT.

Next year, ASEAN LIC will be held in Malaysia