A JILAF delegation visited Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, from November 4 (Tuesday) to 10 (Monday) for the SGRA project (Supporting Grass-Roots Activities through the International Employers’ and Workers’ Network), which is being subsidized by the Japanese government (Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare). Meetings of the Central Advisory Committee (CAC) and the Expanded Management Committee were held during this period.
In the meeting of the CAC, which consists of representatives of the government, labour, management, and the International Labour Organization (ILO), the participants confirmed the state of progress of the project in the current fiscal year, including achievements and issues, and discussed the future direction, including ties and coordination with the ILO.
The meeting of the Expanded Management Committee, meanwhile, brought together members of the Central Management Committee affiliated with the Nepal Trade Union Congress (NTUC) and the Regional Working Committees (RWCs) in the three districts where the project is being implemented (Bhaktapur, Parsa, and Morang) to check the main results of the project in each district.
Regarding the districts of Bhaktapur and Parsa, where the project has entered its fourth year, it was confirmed that the project is yielding solid results in accordance with fiscal year plans. There were reports of how people who had completed JILAF-led vocational training had found work and regular jobs and started up businesses, as well as bridging to vocational training schemes operated by local governments, employers’ organizations, and others.
Furthermore, the cooperative societies (sahakari) that have completed government registration in these districts are steadily growing. The participants in the meeting agreed on the need for further efforts to increase the number of members and expand services, which are the foundation of mutual aid.
Regarding the district of Morang, where the project was started in the current fiscal year, the organization of network members and literacy training are being implemented. From the next fiscal year, the project will move into full gear with activities to train core human resources and establish a cooperative society.
|11/04||Tue||3rd Central Advisory Committee meeting|
|11/05||Wed||2nd Expanded Management Committee meeting|
|11/06||Thu||Meeting with the ILO Kathmandu Office|