KARACHI : Successfully concluded Stakeholders’ Dialogue on Multinational Enterprises & Social Policy (MNE) Declaration and EFP’s National Business Agenda 2018-2023 called upon business particularly the multinational, large and SMEs companies to capitalize on opportunity to adopt socially responsible employment practices in line with the principles of the MNE Declaration to attain sustainable growth and economic development in Pakistan.
With the technical assistance of International Labour Organization (ILO) Country Office Pakistan, Employers’ Federation of Pakistan (EFP) successfully completed Stakeholders’ Dialogue on EFP’s National Business Agenda and Multinational Enterprises & Social Policy Declaration (MNED).
Two hundred plus (200+) participants including Syed Nasir Hussain Shah, Minister for Labour, Information and Transport, Government of Sindh, Ms Ingrid Christensen Country Director ILO Country Office for Pakistan, Mr. Toshikazu Isomura, Consul General of Japan in Karachi, Mr. Majyd Aziz, President, Employers’ Federation of Pakistan, Dr. Arshad Vohra, Deputy Mayor Karachi and parliamentarians namely Dr. Arif Alvi- MNA-PTI, Dr. Shazia Soomro MNA PPP, Mr. Raza Haroon Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP), Khawaja Tariq Nazir Secretary General PML-Sindh, Mr. Rasheed Solangi, Secretary Labour, Government of Sindh, Mr. Butta Director Labour Sindh, Mr Karamat Ali, Director Pakistan Institute of Labour and Research (PILAR), Mr. Shahid Baig of PILAR, Mr. Ghulam Nabi Memon, Joint Director Labour Sindh, Mr. Fasihul Karim Siddiqi Secretary General EFP and the representatives of the Multinationals/brands, national companies, industrial associations, trade bodies, institutional members of EFP, some prominent sports goods manufacturers from Sialkot, eight town associations, workers, government, representatives of media, academia and civil society attended the event.
The Chief Guest – Syed Nasir Hussain Shah, Minister for Labour, Information and Transport, Government of Sindh in his speech appreciated EFP in extending full cooperation in addressing the issues and challenges faced by business. He also hailed the positive efforts of EFP in brining business together on issues of labour and social compliance and projects being undertaken by EFP speak volumes about their commitments to the common cause for which the Government of Sindh is working. He announced the contribution of Rs. 2.5 million for helping EFP to develop the Sindhi translation of OSH module with the help of ILO-ITC/DECP.
Mr. Majyd Aziz President EFP in his speech and overview and the initiative has taken to promote social dialogue bilateral interaction with the Government of Sindh regarding the issues of labour laws, raising voice on enrollment issues launching skill Pakistan agenda, launching of national business agenda, dissemination to political parties, structural changes to rasie it to the next level to combat it with the emerging challenges at local and international market. He called upon the political parties to forge unity one point agenda of economic development leaving aside their political differences and assured the support and cooperation of EFP.
Ms. Ingrid Christensen Country Director ILO in her address congratulated EFP on holding very fruitful dialogue of stakeholders on MNE Declaration and express the hope that the outcome of this deliberation will provide a way forward for the project to move beyond sports goods industry and Sialkot. She also appreciated the initiatives of the EFP on promoting Decent work agenda and collaborating with ILO and sharing a new vision to the business community for taking them to the next high level of sustainable growth.
Representatives of political parties in their remarks on the occasion appreciated the EFP’s efforts in presenting the business agenda and assured that the points raised will be serious taken into consideration in their respective political manifestos.
Mr. Toshikazu Isomura, Consul General of Japan in Karachi especially expressed his satisfaction of the project and express the hope that the lessons learned from the project need to lead in more intensive efforts to help the industry grow in Sialkotand beyond.
At the conclusion of the event, the EFP announced the winners of the Employers’ of the Year Award 2016 to companies demonstrating good practices in the area of management, HR and employment practices, working conditions, labour laws compliance, CSR and adherence to social protection floors and the principles of MNE Declaration. Among the awardees were also included five sports goods manufacturing companies from Sialkot on whom EFP recognition shield on social responsible labour practices where conferred.
Originally published by NNI