While giving details, Majyd Aziz said that the objectives of this Platform are to foster and share among employers, workers, government, and civil society their experiences in addressing Child Labor, particularly in industrial sector and supply chain. It will also identify obstacles to business in implementing the ILO and UN Global Compact Child Labor Principles and also pinpoint key dilemmas faced by enterprises and will provide doable and practical ways of overcoming Child Labor issues. More importantly, it will catalyze corporative approaches to address Child Labor in selected industrial sectors and communities.
Ms Ingrid Christensen, ILO Country Director in Pakistan, in her speech called for the adoption of ILO Decent Work Agenda and said that a Social Dialogue is very much needed to implement the fundamental right to work. She said that safety, health, and employment are top priorities and must be focused by all stakeholders. She disclosed that globally over 500 million children work including 15 to 17 million in Pakistan. She lauded the contributions of EFP in awareness raising and motivating enterprises to refrain from employing children, even in their supply chain. She said that ILO Convention 182 regarding Worst Forms of Child Labor has been the most ratified Convention but there is still huge number of Child Labor everywhere. She also congratulated the KPK government for approving the Child Labor Policy and for initiating a Child Labor Survey across the Province.
Haji Muhammad Javed, Director EFP and Chief of EFP-KPK Chapter, said that EFP is fully on board with KPK government in tackling all issues related to labor and management, and the holding of such a big event is due to the efforts of the EFP team based in Peshawar. He said that Skill Development Council, which is under the umbrella of EFP, has been providing skills and vocational training to thousands of youth across the province. He announced that soon the KPK Chapter would undertake an exercise to increase EFP membership through contacts with private enterprises in other cities of KPK.
KPK Minister Prof Dr Daud Khan, KPK Labor Secretary Muhammad Nizamuddin, KPK Director Labor Irfan Khan, Secretary General EFP Fasihul Karim Siddiqi, US Academician Prof Fida Khan, ILO Child Labor Specialist Abid Niaz Khan, and Member Supreme Court Bar Council Habib Qureshi also spoke on the various aspects of Child Labor.