Fourth Sitting

Tuesday, 8 June 2004, 10.15 a.m.
President: Mr. Ray Guevara, Mr. Attigbe, Mr. Maatough

Reports of the Chairperson of the Governing Body and of the Director-General: Discussion

Statement by Mr.Galea
Minister of Education, Youth and Employment, Malta.

...The major problems that are making our part of the world -- the Mediterranean and the Middle East -- one of its most disquieting corners, such as illegal migration, destruction of fishery resources, the sense of external exploitation, all cry out for precisely the only possible remedy so succinctly captured in the Director-Genera's golden phrase: in- situations and policies for decent work in the region. It is still is crucial to the vision of the ILO's objectives...

Statement by Mr. Mwakwere
Minister for Labour and Human Resources Development, Kenya

... The decision to adopt a comprehensive standard in the fishing sector is timely, given the fact that the sector is one of the most hazardous and has the highest fatality rate. Let me take this opportunity to express the Kenyan Government's appreciation of the ILO for the technical assistance given in the re- view just completed of six core chapters of our country's labour laws, with the aim of ensuring harmony between our domestic legislation and various international labour standards which we have ratified...

Statement by Mr. Guider
Representative, Arab Labour Organization

...The report of the World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization, working conditions in the fishing sector, migrant workers and human resources training and development are important questions to which answers must be found, to the benefit of the whole of humanity...

Statement by Mr. Zinck
Government delegate, Fiji

...The Government of Fiji welcomes the first discussion on the work in the fishing sector as it will give us an insight into how the rest of the member States are dealing with the issue and it applauds the decision of the Governing Body to revise the seven existing ILO standards concerning fishing.

A significant number of our workers are engaged in the fishing industry, in particular, foreign seagoing fishing companies from the Republic of Korea and Japan. To this end, my country supports the rationale of the revision, which is to consolidate the standards for seafarers into a comprehensive new standard that will take into account differences in fishing operations, employment arrangements, methods of remuneration and address other critical issues such as health and safety…

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