An Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) high-level forum on employment and social policy took place in Hanoi on Nov. 24 in preparation for the upcoming 4th ASEM Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meeting scheduled for next October in Vietnam.

The event, jointly held by the Vietnamese Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs and the European Commission, drew about 100 delegates from 33 ASEM member countries and representatives from the EC, the ASEAN Secretariat and ASEM’s social partners.

The delegates pointed out three main future challenges to the sustainable employment agenda, namely social security, social responsibility of enterprises, and labour safety and occupational health.

According to delegates, the concern is how dialogue among ASEM can promote targets on development of national social security schemes, efficient linkages between employment and social security, and set policies to create a flexible workforce, as well as policies on skills and employment.

The forum focused on developing vocational skills and jobs for young people and ensuring social welfare for all people while proposing measures on stable and sustainable growth, with the aim of creating more jobs for ASEM countries./.