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Vietnam's employer organisations urged to increase effectiveness

Publication Date : 17-01-2014


Employer organisations in Vietnam need to put in more efforts to ensure smooth operations at local levels, and improve the interests of businesses, a conference in Ha Noi concluded on Thursday.

The conference was held in conjunction with the launch of a pilot programme, which is run by the Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Vietnam, to increase the effectiveness of employer organisations.

Tran Thi Lan Anh, deputy head of VCCI's Bureau for Employers' Activities said that the role of employer organisations to help enterprises improve staff management remains limited.

She said that these organisations have not been developed enough to become a focal point for employers to exchange experiences and support each other.

Yoon Youngmo, a senior technical expert with the ILO, said that employer organisations should seek to form strong connections with human resources managers to learn from them, as well as organise large scale programmes to strengthen their network with companies.

Dang Dinh Guan who heads the Business Association of northern Hung Yen province stressed the need for capacity building for local small-medium enterprises, as they lack organisation and support from the government.

He cited the case of the Hung Yen Province Business Association as an example, saying that the association faced difficulties providing support for the local businesses due to lack of financial resources.   

Nguyen Huu Doan who heads the Business Associaiton of northern Hai Duong province said that local employers have learned to be self sufficient and not dependent on the local governments.

The VCCI's capacity building programme aims to help local businesses by helping them work closely with local governments and trade unions to deal with labour related issues such as labour disputes and strikes.


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