Egypt's Trade and Industry Minister Tareq Qabil said that Egypt، in cooperation with the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the Ready made garments export council (RMGEC) will start implementing the "Better Work" program in early June.
During a plenary session of talks with ILO Cairo Office Director Peter van Rooij and his accompanying delegation، Qabil said that the program will be implemented within six months instead of 18 months.
The minister further noted that an international forum grouping buyers and exporters of textiles and apparel will be held in November.
For his part، the ILO official stressed the importance of the Better Work Program in improving labor standards performance in Egypt and beefing up Egyptian exports to foreign markets.
The Better Work Program is a unique partnership between the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC). It was launched in August 2006 in order to improve labor standards and competitiveness in global supply chains.
The program assists enterprises improve practices based on core ILO labor standards and national labor law. It does this with a strong emphasis on improving worker-management cooperation، working conditions and social dialogue. Enhancing respect for labor standards helps enterprises meet the social compliance demands of global buyers، improves conditions for workers، and helps firms become more competitive by increasing productivity and quality.
Better Work focuses on labor intensive industries having large numbers of vulnerable workers in developing countries، such as agribusiness، apparel، construction، and light manufacturing. The program is developing both global tools and country level projects.
Better Work is coordinated by DIALOGUE in collaboration with all other ILO technical sectors.