A JILAF delegation visited Kathmandu from April 7 (Sunday) to 12 (Friday) on the occasion of the fiscal 2019 start in Nepal of the SGRA project (Supporting Grass-Roots Activities through the International Employers’ and Workers’ Network), which is being implemented with grants from the Japanese government (Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare). Discussions focused on annual plans and specific activities based on the fiscal 2019 project policy.
In Nepal, the SGRA project is being conducted centered on the Central Advisory Committee (CAC), comprising representatives of Nepal’s government, labour, and management (Ministry of Labour, Employment, and Social Security; Nepal Trade Union Congress [NTUC]; and Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry [FNCCI]), as well as the International Labour Organization (ILO); the Management Committee (MC), consisting of trade unions only; and Regional Working Committees (RWCs), consisting of representatives of local government, labour, and management in the districts of Bhaktapur, Parsa, Morang, and Lalitpur, where the project is being implemented.
The first CAC meeting and first Expanded Management Committee (EMC) meeting (the MC plus the RWCs) of fiscal 2019 were held during the visit. The participants in these meetings looked back on the achievements and issues of the project in fiscal 2018 and confirmed annual plans and specific activities based on the project policy affirmed in the report of the fiscal 2018 SGRA International Tripartite Meeting (ITM) and the third meeting in fiscal 2018 of the CAC on February 7, 2019.
The main points of the meetings included (1) achievement of the complete independence and autonomy of the project based on SGRA cooperative societies (sahakari) and its dissemination across the whole of Nepal; (2) strengthening of the bridging of network members to vocational training programs operated by regional and local governments; and (3) measurement by evidence-based evaluation of the state of livelihood and income improvement through the follow-up of existing network members.
After the meetings, the participants visited the workplace of two women who had completed vocational training in sewing, one who had set up her own business and one who had found work in a factory.
|04/09||Tue||1st Central Advisory Committee meeting|
|04/10||Wed||1st Expanded Management Committee meeting|