Mr. Guy Ryder, the Director-General of the International Labour Organization, will visit Korea from September 4th to 7th 2017 at the invitation of the Ministry of Employment and Labor (MOEL).
Although ILO Director-Generals have attended international meetings held in Korea, this will be the first time an ILO Director-General has made a visit to Korea in response to an official invitation from the Korean government.
Mr. Guy Ryder took office as ILO Director-General in October 2012 and was re-elected with broad support across tripartite representatives at the meeting of the ILO Governing Body held in November 2016.
His second five-year term will begin in October 2017.
The visit is planned as part of efforts to create a society where labor is respected, which is one of the new government's policy tasks.
The significance of the visit lies in expressing the Korean government's commitment to compliance with international standards concerning fundamental labor rights and seeking cooperation with the ILO to that end.
During his visit, Director-General Guy Ryder will pay a visit to the Speaker of the National Assembly.
He will also meet with the Chairperson of the National Assembly's Environment and Labor Committee, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Chairperson of the Economic and Social Development Commission, representatives of workers' and employers' organizations and so on to exchange opinions with them on pending issues.
The Minister of Employment and Labor will hold a welcoming luncheon for the Director-General, the first official event he will attend during his visit to Korea.
The luncheon will also be attended by representatives from labor and business circles, such as the Federation of Korean Trade Unions, the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions and the Korea Employers Federation.
The participation of employers and workers, social dialogue partners, in the event organized to welcome the Director-General of the ILO, the only international organization based on the tripartite system, is expected to slowly set in motion tripartite dialogue which has been at a standstill so far.
Director-General Guy Ryder is pushing ahead with seven initiatives as commemorative projects to mark the ILO's 100th anniversary in 2019.
Of those seven initiatives, the Future of Work Initiative is the one he is most interested in. He launched the Global Commission on the Future of Work on August 21st to explore measures in the field of labor to cope with the fourth industrial revolution, low fertility, population ageing, etc.
And he appointed Chung Chin-sung, a professor at Seoul National University, as a member of the Commission.
Meanwhile, the Director-General will attend and give a keynote speech at the 'International Forum on Transforming Cities for Decent Work' hosted by the Seoul Metropolitan Government from September 5th to 6th.
* The Forum aims to share the outcomes of the Seoul Metropolitan Government's labor policies, including the living wage and working time reduction, and to develop and spread an urban labor model that can create sustainable decent work, through the adoption of the Seoul Declaration.