International Labour Organization (ILO)

The Republic of Azerbaijan joined the ILO in 1992. Since that time, Azerbaijan has benefited from various ILO technical assistance programs aimed at improving national labour and social protection legislation, institutional development, capacity building of social partners, and employment promotion.

Azerbaijan has ratified 58 ILO Conventions. The ILO works with its three constituents – Ministry of Labour and Social Protection (MLSPP), the Confederation of Trade Unions (AHIK) and the National Confederation of Employers (Entrepreneurs) (ASK).

Between 1994 – 1995 the ILO assisted the Government in developing and implementing a pilot labour force survey project. The project became a good example of the Delivering as One approach since the ILO has closely cooperated with UNDP in assisting the State Statistical Committee to set up a solid ground for further conducting Labour Force Survey at the national level based on the ILO internationally recognized methodology. Nowadays, the State Statistical Committee conducts labour force surveys on a quarterly basis.

Between 1997-1998, the ILO implemented a self-employment project in the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, as well as Aghdam and Salyan districts. As a result, 300 persons were trained, obtained different qualifications and started their own business. In 2005-2006 the ILO assisted in providing training on road reconstruction skills in the rural area of Ismayilli.

In the area of labour administration, the ILO has assisted the Government in establishing the State Labour Inspection Service, including staff training and designing its organizational structure.

The National Labour Code was adopted on 1 January 1999, taking into account recommendations provided by the ILO. The adoption of the Labour Code became an important step in improving national labour legislation in line with international labour standards.

A number of important activities were implemented in Azerbaijan within the framework of the ILO’s Project for CIS countries “Partnerships for Youth Employment in the Commonwealth of Independent States” implemented in the years 2013-2016. The ILO conducted a study on macroeconomic aspects of growth and employment perspectives; provided training to the Public Employment Service (PES) staff; assisted PES in implementing self-employment and wage subsidy programmes; and started cooperating with the constituents on the issues related to the transition from informal to formal employment.

In September 2016, the ILO and the ILO constituents – the Government, workers’ and employers’ organizations – signed a new Decent Work Country Programme for 2016-2020.  On 30 September 2016, the first national tripartite body – the Tripartite Commission on Economic and Social Affairs – was established.

The National Employment Strategy (2016-2030) was developed with the ILO’s technical assistance in the frame of the Youth Employment project and submitted to the Government. The Youth Employment Project paved the way for ILO/UNDP cooperation in the implementation of the SDGs in Azerbaijan, particularly SDG-8 on decent work and productive employment.

Azerbaijan has joined the ILO’s Future of Work Centenary Initiative. On 17 March 2017 the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection conducted the first panel consultations with the participation of social partners, government agencies, universities and academia including the National Academy of Sciences, as well as the private sector representatives. The results of the panel discussion were presented at the Future of Work event in Baku on 29 March 2017.

On 12 June 2017, during the 106th Session of the International Labour Conference in Geneva, Azerbaijan was elected as a member of the ILO Governing Body for the period 2017-20.

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