Date: December 6 - 9 2016
Venue: Bali, Indonesia

Dewan Perniagaan dan Perusahaan Melayu Brunei (DPPMB) or Brunei Malay Chamber of Commerce and Industry participated in the 16th Asia and the Pacific Regional Meeting (APRM) held 6 – 9 December 2016 in Bali, Indonesia.

Held every 5 years, this regional meeting brings together the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) tripartite constituents comprising of representatives from Government as well as Employers’ and Workers’ organizations from Asia, the Pacific and the Gulf and Arab States comprising about 48 countries and territories. 

The Opening Ceremony of the 16th APRM was graced with the presence of the Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia His Excellency Mr. Muhammad Jusuf Kalla.

According to DPPMB’s official representative Secretary of Welfare Dyg Nur Judy Abdullah, the meeting deliberated on measures to promote inclusive and job-rich growth in response to the ILO’s Director-General’s report on ‘Building an Inclusive Future with Decent Work: Towards Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific’ in line with ILO’s vision for realising decent work from 2016 to 2021. Several agenda items were discussed through plenary sessions, dialogues and debates such as Inclusive Growth for Social Justice, Skills for the Future, and Strengthening Social Dialogues for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth as well as Fair Migration with Focus on Recruitment.

A final review of progress made during the Asian Decent Work Decade was undertaken to assess the evolving economic, social and environmental circumstances and identify challenges in further expediting the realization of the Decent Work Agenda in the region.

Dyg Nur Judy shared that the ILO member states support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with emphasis on Sustainable Development Goal No. 8 that promotes an inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all. Best practices and challenges in the region on creating decent and productive jobs, guaranteeing rights at work, extending social protection and promoting social dialogues were shared among the participants.

Improving women participation in APRM as well as involvement in decision-making processes in ILO official meetings was discussed in a side event hosted exclusively for APRM’s senior women delegates by ILO Director-General Guy Ryder. Dyg Nur Judy noted that the Asia and the Pacific region, one of the world’s most diverse regions, registered the largest gender gap of 39% during the last APRM meeting compared to 12% both in Europe and America while Africa had 8%. “We deliberated on ideas and recommendations on what ILO can do to accelerate progress in increasing women’s voices in high-level meetings of ILO,” adds Dyg Nur Judy.

The regional meeting provides a unique opportunity for tripartite constituents of ILO member countries to conduct bilateral meetings and sign their Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Dyg Nur Judy said that an MOU between Cambodian Federation of Employers and Business Associations (CFEBA) and Brunei Darussalam National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BDNCCI) was signed with the purpose of developing contacts between both organizations as a means of contributing to the further development of trade and economic relations between Brunei Darussalam and Cambodia.

Signing on behalf of the President of the BDNCCI was Dyg Nur Judy while Mr. Sok Lor, Secretary General of CFEBA, signed on behalf of the association’s President.

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  • 16th APRM senior women delegates with ILO Director-General Mr. Guy Ryder
    16th APRM senior women delegates with ILO Director-General Mr. Guy Ryder
  • DPPMB Secretary of Welfare DygNur Judy Abdullah with ILO Director-General Mr. Guy Ryder during the Women’s Voices dialogue at the 16th APRM
    DPPMB Secretary of Welfare DygNur Judy Abdullah with ILO Director-General Mr. Guy Ryder during the Women’s Voices dialogue at the 16th APRM
  • Signing of MOU between Cambodia and Brunei business associations during the 16th APRM.  MrSokLor, Secretary General of CFEBA and DygNur Judy Abdullah, representative of BDNCCI.
    Signing of MOU between Cambodia and Brunei business associations during the 16th APRM. MrSokLor, Secretary General of CFEBA and DygNur Judy Abdullah, representative of BDNCCI.

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