Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong in a group photo with Legislative Council member Yang Berhormat Siti Rozaimeriyanty binti Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Abdul Rahman and other Brunei delegates. – JAMES KON
BY James Kon
LIFELONG learning, upskilling and reskilling are core facets of Brunei Vision 2035, and progress has been made to integrate skills development into governance.
Delivering his plenary state-ment at the 108th International Labour Conference (ILC) on June 18 in Geneva, Switzerland, Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong also highlighted that education institutions in Brunei are actively working with industry to formulate curriculums that prepare students and jobseekers properly for the job market of the future.
“Today our national educa-tion and training institutions are actively engaging with businesses to build curriculums that meet the future demands of industry,” the minister said.
“We are adapting syllabuses through our Centre for Capacity Building to ensure jobseekers are marketable and employable, we are working to bridge graduate jobseekers to the job market through our JobCentre Brunei and the i-Ready Apprenticeship Programme. We are forging equitable and sustainable employment continuity through essential engagement between policymakers and the private sector to craft strategies that are multifaceted, resolute and purposeful.”
The minister also congratu-lated the International Labour Organization (ILO) on its 100th anniversary (centenary) and underscored the work of the ILO’s Global Commission on the Future of Work and their Work for a Brighter Future report.
He noted that the Global Commission report calls for decisive action in anticipation of a future where technological advances and the greening of supply chains within economies will see a mismatch between the skills of today and the jobs needed for tomorrow.
This year’s ILC, held from June 10 – 21, gathers nearly 6,000 delegates – representing workers, employers and governments – from the ILO’s 187 member states from around the globe to exchange views and determine solutions to the challenges of the future of the world of work, and celebrate the anniversary of the ILO.
Also on the agenda of the 108th session of the ILC is the adoption of a new ILO standard related to violence and harass-ment in the world of work as well as an ILO Centenary Declaration to commemorate the organisation’s anniversary.
The conference was opened on June 10 by ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.
“The uncertainties and insecurities of our time underline just how fundamental the achievement of social justice is to stability and to peace, and how vital access to decent work is to the advancement of human wellbeing,” Ryder said in his statement during the conference opening.
Prior to his plenary statement, the Minister of Home Affairs attended the ASEAN Labour Ministers’ Breakfast Meeting hosted by the Minister of Labour of the Kingdom of Thailand at the President Wilson Hotel in Geneva.
Legislative Council member Yang Berhormat Siti Rozaimeriyanty binti Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Abdul Rahman, Permanent Representative of Brunei Darussalam to the United Nations in Geneva Hajah Masurai binti Haji Masri, Permanent Secretary (Safety, Welfare and Law) at the Ministry of Home Affairs Mohd Amir Hairil bin Haji Mahmud, Acting Commissioner of Labour Muhd Saufi bin Haji Ibrahim, member of the Manpower Planning Council Nurliyana Fatin binti Arifin as well as senior government officials from the Permanent Mission of Brunei Darussalam to the United Nations in Geneva and the Department of Labour also attended the 108th ILC as part of Brunei Darussalam’s delegation.
Brunei Darussalam has been a member state of the ILO since January 2007.
-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin