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CLA chair commends Taiwan's contribution to APEC meeting

Chen stresses sex-disaggregated data, gender equality labor laws as outstanding achievements

CLA chair commends Taiwan's contribution to APEC meeting

Chairwoman of the Cabinet's Council of Labor Affairs, Chen Chu, yesterday said that Taiwan had made a valuable contribution to the APEC Second Ministerial on Women, as had engaged in fruitful exchanges with the United States, Mexico, Australia, Singapore and Thailand on the issues of employment and vocational training.
Chen, at a press conference yesterday in Taipei, stressed that Taiwan had played an active role in the APEC meeting to draft a Joint Ministerial Statement on gender equality labor laws and women's participation in politics and labor affairs.
"Taiwan's outstanding accomplishment at the APEC meeting was the development of a Gender Equality Labor Law and of sex-disaggregate data ?which has been listed in the Joint Ministerial Statement," Chen said.
At the APEC meeting held in Guadalajara, Mexico on September 28 and 29, the CLA chairwoman presented a paper on the role of female entrepreneurs, which emphasized their importance in the economy and promoted gender equality as a prerequisite to more opportunities for women and their participation in business activities in all the sectors of the economy.
The Joint Ministerial Statement says that "APEC members should address the need for a more systematic and comprehensive collection of sex-disaggregate data and recognize the contribution of women whose work is unpaid."
The statement also encourages APEC members to "develop and review laws and regulations relating to gender inequalities in the work place and to support the rise of women entrepreneurs through measures such as access to business development programs, export financing schemes, and market access programs."
Chen yesterday also stated that bilateral talks at the summit on labor issues proved satisfactory, saying that Taiwan and the United States reached a cooperation agreement on the crackdown on human trafficking in Asia, especially concerning women and children, and on the prevention of AIDS.
Chen added that she had engaged in useful discussion on unemployment with Australian officials.
"Australia has a very sound system in terms of its unemployment consultation service and employment service law, from which Taiwan can learn ," the CLA chairwoman said.
On the thorny issue of the signing of a direct employment accord with the Thai government, Chen said the Thai representatives had expressed hopes of finding a solution soon.
"Thai officials may come to Taiwan to discuss this issue with us on October 10," Chen told reporters yesterday.
Chen reiterated that Taiwan's stance on that matter is aimed at protecting Thai laborers in Taiwan and preventing exploitation through high brokerage fees.
Chen was scheduled to attend the annual Taiwan-Thailand labor affairs meeting in Bangkok in August this year to witness the signing of a direct employment agreement on Thai workers.
The agreement would have allowed Taiwanese employers to hire Thai laborers without going through a broker who could charge the worker as much as NT$60,000. However, Chen was denied a visa to enter Thailand due to opposition from China.


Updated : 2020-11-30 06:04 GMT+08:00