1153 GMT January 26, 2020
The remarks were made by Iranian Minister of Cooperatives, Labor and Social Welfare Mohammad Shariatmadari in a meeting with his Azerbaijani counterpart, Sahil Babayev, on the sidelines of the 108th (centenary) session of the International Labor Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, mcls.gov.ir reported.
According to the Iranian Ministry of Cooperatives, Labor and Social Welfare, the 108th session of the conference began on June 10 and will end on June 21.
Shariatmadari noted that his ministry has numerous capacities and capabilities in the fields of providing technical and vocational education and training, ensuring job safety and health, cooperatives, labor relations and economy.
He added that the signing of a number of documents, including an MoU in the field of exchanging workforce, between the two ministries was aimed at the expansion of cooperation.
The Iranian minister expressed hope that, given the official invitation sent to his Azerbaijani counterpart, he could host him in the Iranian capital of Tehran in the coming months.
Addressing Babayev, Shariatmadari added, “In addition, we have received an executive plan from you and hope that the ground would be prepared for the trip following a visit by your experts to Iran and exchange of experiences between the two sides in the fields already mentioned.”
He said the two countries can also collaborate in the fields of economy, providing social security and setting up pension funds.
Speaking in the same meeting, Babayev said his ministry provides services to the working class.
He noted that in the field of labor relations, his ministry seeks to provide services to the unofficial workers involved in economic sectors in addition to those who have insurance and are officially employed.
The Azerbaijani minister said, “We are interested in using your experiences in employment and entrepreneurship sectors. Establishment of relations between the two countries’ labor unions would also be very useful. We are also responsible for handling affairs pertaining to handicapped and disabled people and want to use your experiences in this field. ”
Earlier, in a meeting with his Syrian counterpart on the sidelines of the same conference in Geneva, Shariatmadari expressed Iran’s willingness to provide Syria with technical training and support regarding the labor market policies and rehabilitation of rural employment.
Shariatmadari stressed the importance of Syria’s reconstruction for Iran and voiced the country’s readiness for cooperation in this regard.
He added his ministry has the capacities and capabilities to achieve this goal.
Addressing the same meeting, the Syrian minister of social affairs and labor, Rima al-Qadiri, expressed her gratitude for Iran’s efforts in supporting Syria and requested that Iran further support her country in the fields of providing work force training and educating on labor market policies as well as job creation.
Commenting on an MoU signed between the Iranian and Syrian ministries, she called for its speedy implementation.
In addition, Shariatmadari expressed hope that following the Syrian minister’s upcoming visit to Iran, the two sides prepare the ground for implementing the documents already signed between the two ministries.
The 108th session of the International Labor Conference is being held at the headquarters of the International Labor Organization (ILO) in Geneva.
Iran, as a founding member of the organization and a member of its board of directors, has an active role in the ILO’s policies and decision-making processes.
The agenda of the 108th session of the International Labor Conference will cover thematic debates and events connected to the future of work, including various centenary initiatives.
The ILO is a United Nations agency whose mandate is to advance social justice and promote decent work by setting international labor standards.
It was the first specialized agency of the UN. The ILO has 187 member states.
The ILO employs some 2,700 officials from over 150 nations at its headquarters in Geneva, and in around 40 field offices around the world.
In 1969, the ILO received the Nobel Peace Prize for improving fraternity and peace among nations, pursuing decent work and justice for workers, and providing technical assistance to other developing nations.