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Friday, February 13, 2009

Asia-Pacific’s Responses To Global Economic Crisis To Be Discussed At High Level Forum In Manila

MANILA-- Ministers of labor and finance, senior UN and government officials, workers and employers representatives from throughout Asia and the Pacific are due to meet in Manila next week to discuss responses to the current economic crisis.

More than 11 countries are expected to attend the regional forum, entitled “Responding to the Economic Crisis - Coherent Policies for Growth, Employment and Decent Work in Asia and the Pacific”.

Other senior officials expected to attend include Mr. Jomo Kwame Sundaram, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, and Ms. Ursula Schaefer-Preuss, Vice-President, Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, Asian Development Bank.

To assist discussions at the forum, a report, “The fallout in Asia: Assessing labor market impacts and national policy responses to the global financial crisis,” has been compiled by the ILO’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific.

This forum is one of a series of similar regional events that will feed into a high level meeting on the economic crisis called by the ILO’s Governing Body, which will take place in Geneva on March 23.

The High-level Regional Forum is being convened by the ILO in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank and the Department of Labor and Employment of the Philippines, with financial support from the Government of Norway.

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