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MTED host consultations on 2 ILO conventions

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 08/05/2019

The Ministry of Trade and Economic Development are this week hosting consultations with related stakeholders and members of the public on 2 of the International Labor Organizations conventions.

These 2 conventions – on the minimum age for employment, and worst forms of child labor; are the first 2 conventions for Tonga to move to ratify.

As part of the process before ratification, the Ministry of Trade and Economic Development are hosting these consultations to inform the people about the ILO conventions on the minimum age for employment, and worst forms of child labor and to receive their feedback on it.

The acting CEO of the ministry – Tevita Lautaha says these consultations are just the beginning of the process but it is a vital part for the ministry to get the peoples’ take on the conventions and from there move forward accordingly.

Lautaha says the status of child labor in Tonga is much less concerning in comparison to some of the neighboring Pacific Islands and other countries abroad but it is nonetheless and important convention to securing children’s rights in regard to employment.

Strengthening Tonga’s employment sector with these conventions is not the only benefit we can receive from ratification – Lautaha says this will also yield benefits in other sectors particularly in trade.

If Tonga ratifies these conventions, Lautaha says, this will also encourage foreign partners to work closely with Tonga for our country’s development.

Tonga became a member of the ILO in 2016, as the 187th member.

The acting CEO says they are looking to complete this process and have these conventions ratified in time for the International Labor Conference later this year.

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