The Asia Social Dialogue Forum in Seoul, organized by the South Korean Economic, Social and Labor Council (ESLC) with the support of the International Association of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions (AICESIS), closed on November 13.
A delegation of the Russian Civic Chamber took part in the forum as a member of the AICESIS from the Asian regional group.
The delegation included Artyom Kiryanov
, First Deputy Chair of the Commission on Public Control and Cooperation with Public Councils, and Olga Golyshenkova
, member of the Commission on Development of Economy, Entrepreneurship, Service Sector and Consumer Market.
On the final day of the forum, participants exchanged their views on how to strengthen social dialogue in Asia. Yuka Okumura, Strategic Programming and Administration Specialist in Governance and Tripartism Department of the ILO, called for fulfilling the UN sustainable development goals.
“Economic and social councils in various countries and AICESIS as their international association can provide a mechanism for attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” Okumura said.
Hongjian Cui, a representative of the China Economic and Social Council, proposed promoting and strengthening the relationship between social dialogue institutions to achieve harmony, justice and consensus in society in the face of global challenges such as migration and new technologies.
Making recommendations on strengthening social dialogue in Asia, Artyom Kiryanov proposed expanding the existing tripartite dialogue [between trade unions, employers and the state] by including large innovative international corporations that develop digital platforms for business and change the foundations of economic development around the world. The role of such corporations in addressing labor and employment issues will grow, he added.
“It is still impossible to predict what kind of world we will live in 10 years from now, what other changes digitalization will bring, so we suggest including more players in the social dialogue,” Kiryanov said.
“We also deem it important to set up working groups under the AICESIS to discuss specific issues and exchange experience in addressing specific problems, including to consider special formats for developing the Asian dialogue. We also recommend involving representatives of Central Asian countries in such international discussions,” Artyom Kiryanov concluded.
At the close of the forum, the participants adopted a declaration in which, recognizing the importance of attaining the SDGs, they reaffirmed their focus on continuing to work together to build mutually beneficial labor relations, reduce the level of polarization in society, support an acceptable level of employment and protect the rights of wage workers in the era of digital transformation. The participants also emphasized their intent to exchange experiences and practices of social dialogue in different countries and strengthen cooperation at the regional and interregional levels. They agreed to hold the Asia Social Dialogue Forum with the support of the AICESIS and ILO on a regular basis.