Brunei Darussalam is actively crafting and constructing avenues, for those seeking more fulfilling and productive employment, to diversify their skill sets to match the contemporary and ever-growing digital economy. Concurrently, the entrepreneurial spirit of the citizens need to nurtured and encourage them to formulate new businesses utilising new technologies and innovation that go beyond the traditional.

The Minister of Home Affairs explained the matter during the Special Session of ASEAN Labour Ministers and Conference on the Future of Work. Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong in his speech also recalled the recommendations of the Report of the Global Commission on the Future of Work. During the meeting, the ASEAN Labour Ministers and the Minister of Home Affairs commended the work of the International Labour Organisation, ILO's Global Commission on the Future of Work and their Report entitled "Work for A Brighter Future". The Special Session of ASEAN Labour Ministers was officially opened by Madam Josephine Teo, the Minister of Manpower, Singapore.

During the Special Session, the Ministers adopted and signed the ASEAN Labour Ministers' Statement on the Future of Work that outlines and encourages actions to be undertaken by ASEAN Member States to up skill and re-skill workers for the future of work, encourage businesses to harness new technologies, share best practices, promote fiscally sustainable social protection initiatives and increase cooperation between ASEAN and ASEAN's external partners including the ILO.

The Minister of Home Affairs also held a meeting with Madam Josephine Teo, Minister of Manpower, Singapore and Mr. M. Kulasegaran, Minister of Human Resources, Malaysia as the ASEAN Labour Ministers' Chair and had the opportunity to discuss and share views related to matters of mutual interest. Yang Berhormat Pehin also met with Mr Guy Ryder, Director General of the International Labour Organisation and shared views on the future of work. Also present were Awang Ajman bin Haji Meludin, Acting Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Home Affairs, and Awang Muhd Saufi bin Haji Ibrahim, Acting Labour Commissioner.

Source: Radio Television Brunei