Online signing ceremony to support youth export labor initiative affected by COVID-19 epidemic in 3 provinces of Nghe An, Ha Tinh and Quang Tri – Photo: BAO KHANH
On September 15, the Central Youth Union coordinated with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Vietnam and the Ministry of Home Affairs to hold an online signing ceremony to support the initiative of young migrant workers affected by COVID-19 in 3 provinces of Nghe An, Ha Tinh and Quang Tri.
The signing ceremony is part of the Project to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable populations funded by the Government of Japan, with technical support from UNFPA in Vietnam.
At the ceremony, Ms. Naomi Kitahara – UNFPA Representative in Vietnam – pointed out the research of the International Labor Organization (ILO). published in May 2020, shows that 1 in 6 young people have had to stop working due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
She emphasizedLabor export youth is one of the subjects most affected. Many of them lose their jobs and are often given short notice.
Others have to take on a debt to pay for their daily living expenses, while others have to return home immediately. However, when returning, young people also face problems with reintegration into the local labor market.
Facing that situation, the Central Youth Union directed the Central Children’s Center to coordinate with the 3 provincial Youth Unions of Nghe An, Ha Tinh and Quang Tri to deploy supporting young workers returning from abroad affected by COVID-19.
Accordingly, the project will support 29 initiatives on job transformation to increase income; provide reproductive health knowledge, sexual health and life skills to young people.
The total support cost of the project is about 2 billion VND, which will be implemented until the end of March, 2022. The program is funded by the Government of Japan, with technical support from UNFPA in Vietnam.
Party Central Committee Secretary Ngo Van Cuong speaks at the signing ceremony – Photo: BAO KHANH
Speaking at the ceremony, Secretary of the Central Committee Doan Ngo Van Cuong He said he would direct units of the Central Youth Union to closely coordinate with the Youth Union of Nghe An, Ha Tinh and Quang Tri to create all favorable conditions, urgently, and support young people to implement job change in order to help young people reduce difficulties, increase income, soon stabilize their lives.
Ms. Naomi also pledged that UNFPA in Vietnam would work closely with the Central Youth Union so that no Vietnamese youth would be left behind in the country’s sustainable development.