Brazil Russia, India, China and South Africa will collectively put together a plan aimed at skills-training that will encourage productivity and in turn, lead to a poverty alleviation.
Speaking at the First BRICS Employment Working Group Meeting held in Beijing on Wednesday, director of the Chinese Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, Hao Bin said: “China plans to get rid of poverty and build a moderately prosperous society by 2020. Skills training is one of the approaches for meeting the challenging target,” reports China Daily.
“Meanwhile, poverty is also a problem for other BRICS states. We hope we can work with others to draft an initiative or action plan to lift people out of poverty with the help of skills training.”
A meeting between the BRICS Labour and Employment Ministers in Chongqing, China is scheduled for July.
The with existence of the $100 billion BRICS Bank and a currency reserve fund, it was only a matter before discussions concerning labour cooperation were needed.
Russia has previously praised the International Labour Organisation bfor being instrumental in setting up the BRICS Labour Ministers forum.
Labour rights issues is a common concern among the BRICS countries, taking poverty and corruption into account.
According to BRICS Post, “unorganised workers in India constitute 93 per cent of the country’s total workforce with no social security coverage, while China makes almost half of the world’s goods”, despite coming under fire for ‘overlooking’ some of the worst working conditions for its migrant workers.
South Africa has one of the highest unemployment rates in the world.
The BRICS nations make up approximately 43% of the world’s population.
– BRICS Post (TBP and Agencies)