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Social and Cultural Committee presents Report on Sustainable Development Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Posted on :04 February 2020

The Chairperson of the Social and Cultural Committee, Hon’ble Ugen Tenzin, Member from Bji-Kar-Tshog-Uesu Constituency presented the report on the SDG 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth to the House today.

The Chairperson reported that the national unemployment rate in Bhutan as of now is at 3.4% and the youth unemployment rate at 15.7% as per Labor Force Survey 2013-2018. The National Key Result Area (NKRA) 11 of the 12th Five Year Plan which aims to create better assured employment opportunities through Agriculture, Tourism, Mining, IT, Hydropower and trading sectors, and NKRA 7: Quality of education and skills improved, which aims in achieving excellence in student learning outcomes and improve access to quality education, were also included in the report due to its direct relevance with the Sustainable Development Goal 8.

The presentation also included Committee’s observations and four recommendations.

The Committee recommended that the technical and vocational education and training (TVET) provisions for the formal sector be aligned to the opportunities in the construction, tourism and production sectors, increase the practical course duration for the TVET students and improve the competencies of the Lecturers, need for a proper alignment of the TVET Blueprint and the Bhutan Education Blueprint (2014-2024) and the need for the MoLHR to enforce the Labor law and Regulations particularly the Regulations on Working Conditions, 2012 to ensure the employees of private sector are not exploited and additional jobs are thereby created for the jobseekers.

The House endorsed all the four  recommendations made by the Committee with 40 Yes Votes, 1 No Vote and 3 Abstain out of 44 Members present and voting and referred the recommendations to the Ministry of Labour and Human Resources for further action.

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