Việt Nam shares experience in ensuring operation of informal labour

May 15, 2024 - 14:13
Nearly 65 per cent of the workforce in Việt Nam is employed in the informal area.
Seasonal workers at a seafood processing facility in Quảng Ninh Province. — VNA/VNS Photo

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam has implemented numerous policies to promote the role and ensure legitimate rights and interests of informal workers and enterprises, said the country's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Đặng Hoàng Giang.

These policies focus on household businesses, thereby maintaining social and cultural cohesion and promoting sustainable production, he added.

Addressing a high-level dialogue on leveraging informal employment for inclusive development in Asia and the Pacific held by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in New York on Tuesday, the diplomat said close to 65 per cent of the workforce in Việt Nam is employed in the informal sector.

Representatives from the UNDP and Asia-Pacific countries during the dialogue on informal labour. — VNA/VNS Photo Quang Huy

He shared Việt Nam's experience in improving legal frameworks, encouraging mutual support among business households through appropriate partnership models such as cooperatives, ensuring strict management and timely support from local authorities for individuals, small and medium-sized enterprises and household businesses.

Representatives at the dialogues assessed trends related to the informal labour sector in the region, and shared good practices and lessons in implementing policies and support measures for informal workers and enterprises to enable them to continue contributing to economic development efforts.

According to the definition in the 2022 Report on Informal Employment in Việt Nam by the country's General Statistics Office (GSO), the informal sector comprises establishments engaged in production or business owned by households and not established as separate legal entities, not independent of the households or their members owning them.

Informally employed individuals are those engaged in work that, as defined by law or in practice, is not protected by a labour law, does not entail income tax payment or does not entitle them to social protection and other employment benefits. — VNS