The Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Jone Usamate met with the Minister for Labour of the Kingdom of Thailand, Police General Adul Saengsiew Kaew at the Ministry of Labour Office in Thailand.
Usamate highlighted that the discussion led to an agreement on the need to strengthen cooperation between Fiji and Thailand through information sharing, research and skills development.
“There was a number of similarities between both countries in that a great proportion of their workforce in the informal sector or the subsistence sector face the challenge of youth unemployment,” said Usamate.
He added that Fiji hoped to adopt some of the measures that the Thai Government has in place through their Ministry of Labour to fast pace and sustain employment creation.
“Fiji can learn and adopt in terms of the Thai Government’s initiative in developing and training its people in local handicrafts as a way of getting people to be self-employed,” explained the Minister.
“The Smart Job Centre to fast track employment creation through the use of mobile apps to assist people to look for job opportunities is an area that the Fijian Government would like to pursue.”
“Thailand’s low unemployment level of 1.1% is very impressive and the Employment Ministry would be looking to adapt some of these measure of employment creation used in Thailand to be used in Fiji,” Minister Usamate said.
The Employment Minister reiterated that the Fijian Government was working on enhancing cooperation ties with the Thai Government.
Usamate was on a study visit under the Thailand and Fiji 3-year Technical Programme (2016 – 2018) from 9th to 14th of June.
He was accompanied by the Deputy Secretary Operation & Policy, Puamau Sowane, the Director Labour Policy & Productivity, Iliana Maiesia and Pita Tagicakirewa the Councellor Fiji Mission in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.