A hybrid event was organized to review the 10-year implementation of Directive 16-CT/TW dated May 8, 2012 by the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV)’s Secretariat on strengthening the CPV’s leadership on the management of contracting guest laborers and specialists to work abroad. It connected the municipal and provincial Party’s Committees across the country.

Reporting on the directive’s implementation, deputy head of the Party Central Committee’s Economic Commission Do Ngoc An said that legislation on this matter has been improved to align with international laws and practices and Vietnam’s policies on global integration.

The country has exerted greater efforts in vocational and foreign language training for guest workers and specialists as well as provided them with knowledge on their host countries’ legal systems and customs, and career counseling, he said.

Minister of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs Dao Ngoc Dung addressing the event

There are now 451 organizations and companies providing overseas labor services, doubling that of 2012 when the directive was issued. The number of foreign markets that Vietnamese workers are sent to reached 25 in 2022, compared to just nine in 2013, according to An.

The report shows that over one million Vietnamese nationals have been sent abroad to work, up nearly 40% from the annual average recorded before 2012. They earned an average income of VND 200 million (USD 8,536) per person per year, much higher than that of those doing similar jobs in Vietnam.

An said the remittances sent by Vietnamese guest workers have contributed to eradicating poverty, expanding business and production, creating jobs and increasing the country’s foreign currency reserves.

In his remarks, Minister of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs Dao Ngoc Dung urged ministries and local administrations to further enhance regulatory frameworks on the matter. Greater attention should be paid to negotiating with host countries on overseas labor agreements, improving state management on the issue, researching foreign labor supply and demand, and developing a sustainable, flexible and modern labor market.

Source: VNA