BRICS Labour & Employment Ministerial Meeting begins today ( being held on September, 27th- 28th, 2016) in New Delhi. Ministers will deliberate to adopt the BRICS Labour & Employment Ministerial Declaration. The Two day Meeting will have dedicated sessions on key thematic areas, i) Employment Generation, ii) Social Security, iii) Inclusive Development Including Formalisation. International Organizations viz. ILO, ISSA and Academia’s are also participating and providing their research inputs to the deliberation. Following the tripartite model of dialogue, the national social partners of BRICS countries are also participating in the deliberations. At Valedictory Session, there would be Adoption of BRICS Labour and Employment Ministers’ Declaration.
The 1st Meeting of BRICS Employment Working Group (BEWG) was held on 27th – 28th July, 2016 at Hyderabad. During this Meeting broad consensus were achieved on ‘Employment Generation for Inclusive Growth’, ‘Possible Social Security Agreement among BRICS nations’ and ‘Networking of Labour Institutes of BRICS nations’ to include in the BRICS Ministerial declaration for their subsequent discussion.
India has assumed the Presidency of BRICS in February,2016 and hosting the 8th BRICS Summit 2016 under India’s Chairmanship scheduled to be held on 15th-16thOctober, 2016 at Goa. The theme of India’s BRICS Chairmanship is “Building Responsive, Inclusive and Collective Solutions”.
In the prelude to the final meeting of BRICS, a series of Meetings from participating Ministries are being held at various places in India. Following the recommendation of BRICS Labour & Employment Ministerial Meeting in Ufa, Russia under Russia Presidency. The BRICS Employment Working Group has been constituted to deliberate on common issues and challenges facing the world of work in BRICS nations and to formulate appropriate & coordinated policy reforms.