A Fijian Government delegation led by the Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Hon. Jone Usamate is currently undertaking a study visit under the Thailand and Fiji 3 –year Technical Cooperation Programme (2016-2018) in Bangkok, Thailand this week
The Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA) under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand through the High Commission of the Republic of Fiji, Kuala Lumpur organized the 5 day study programme from 9th to the 14th of June as an opportunity to renew bilateral engagement between the two countries.
The study visit aims to share information, experiences and knowledge and skills development that focuses in Government Employment, Small Micro Enterprises (SMEs) and best practices, Productivity programmes and Measurement, Labour Inspectorate and Workplace Wellness programme between Thailand and Fiji.
The visit started at the Bang Sai Royal Folk Arts and Crafts Centre, Ayutthaya Province institution and has enlightened the Fijian delegation on Thailand’s skills creativity and its quest to retain its cultural identity through its skills training programme targeting the less fortunate youths and the marginalized citizens in the country.
The Minister was also invited to the launching programme of the One Tambon One Product (OTOP) biannual programme by the Thailand government and it has been successfully running for 10 successive years. The Thailand Government programme through the Ministry of Industry has been assisting its nationals on entrepreneurship from the formation and setup of small micro businesses to packaging and marketing.
The Fiji Delegation was enlightened by the high success rate of successfully running Thailand Ministry of Labour’s Government Employment Service programme that are offered at the Thai Smart Job Centre covering a population of 1 millon.
The Minister for Employment was accompanied by the Deputy Secretary Operation & Policy Mr Puamau Sowane, the Director Labour Policy & Productivity Ms Iliana Maiesia and Mr Pita Tagicakirewa the Counsellor at the Fiji Mission in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.