Final Project Advisory Committee Meeting for a project called “Improving the Garment Sector in Lao PDR: Compliance through inspection and dialogue” was held at Lao Plaza on August 22nd, 2017. The purpose of the meeting was to report on the key achievement of the project implementation.

The “Improving the Garment Sector in Lao PDR: Compliance through inspection and dialogue”  project was executed with a fund supported by a multi-donor fund through Second Trade Development Facility Project (TDF-II), which administered by the National Implementation Unit of Department of Planning and Cooperation under the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MoIC), and implemented by the Department of Labour Management, Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare (MoLSW) with technical expertise supported by the International Labour Organization. The project intended to improve working conditions, productivity and competitiveness in the Lao garment manufacturing sector by developing the labor inspection system to ensure compliance with national labour laws in line with international standards. In addition, the project aimed to improve knowledge of rights and responsibilities, and improve working conditions in garment factories through work improvement committees (WICs) and work improvement plans (WIPs), with the goal of increasing competitiveness and productivity.

Through the two-year implementation of the project, a number of dimensions were improved in the Lao garment industry. The project had made a positive contribution to policy changes and labour system reform such as labour inspectorate practices, capacity building of labour inspection, capacity building of employers and workers, working conditions and productivity. Also, the project was successfully in increasing awareness of labour rights and obligation within factories in Lao PDR.  In terms of sustainability, even though the project is ending in this august, MoLSW will continuously deploy tools and materials, including labour inspection manual, labour inspection checklist, labour law guidance notes and others developed by the project, to expand their mandates on labour inspection to more garment factories and other industries in the future. 

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