Laos' Trade Federation says it has finished drafting its labor management law, and is now preparing to present it to the National Assembly's 6th Legislature for consideration during its upcoming 4th ordinary session in December.
The draft measure consists of 51 articles, designed to develop a skilled work force compatible with international standards and improve the well-being of Laos' labor force.
A Trade Federation Official says if passed, the measure will be the first such law for Laos' work force, which desperately needs to improve its skills to levels acceptable by international companies so that Lao workers can find jobs in foreign countries.
Lao officials say they hope to create over 108,000 jobs for their work force for the current fiscal year 2007-08, and will upgrade the skills of some 25,000 workers to prepare them for jobs in foreign countries, especially Thailand and Japan.
During the last fiscal year, Laos sent over 6,500 workers to work in Thailand under bilateral agreements, but more than 1,000 were returned because of sub-standard skills.
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