15th ILO Asia Pacific Regional Meeting (APRM), Kyoto-Japan, 4-7 December 2011
Country presentation, Speaker: Mohammad Otaredian, (Mr.) Iranian Confederation of Employers’ Associations (ICEA) Tehran-Iran, (I. R. of)
At the outset, my organization, the "Iranian Confederation of Employers’ Associations" (ICEA), would like to express its heartfelt sympathy with the government and the great nation of Japan over the March deadly quake and Tsunami. My organization also thanks the government and social partners of Japan for hosting this Meeting,
Mr. Chairman, distinguished delegates, dear guests,
The west’s monetary policies have negatively impacted economies of many countries in different regions, and the world failed to provide leadership, early enough, to curb the consequences of those policies that resulted in the global economic downturn and financial chaos. Due to worsening global economic outlook, governments have already taken the toughest measures needed to steer the global economy back to financial health. However, the persisting problem of unemployment still threatens to further reduce consumers spending raising the risk the economic recovery will come to a halt.
Clearly faster growth is needed to replace millions of compulsory lost jobs in the downturn. Hence, it is absolutely crucial that the world’s players get a higher level of decisiveness in terms of resolving the deep-seated social problems following the crisis.
The existing realities indicated that the dreams of establishment of a just and equal society did not come true in the world. Given the current global economic downturn and debt-related tension in Europe, one of the great opportunities that exist is the world to consider the Asia Pacific region as an extra ordinary engine for growth.
The Asia and Pacific emerging economies have anchored the global economic recovery; but still the widening economic disparity among countries within the region has highlighted the need for increased regional integration by promoting intra-regional trade.
Additionally, refocusing growth on job creation, strengthening social protection, improving access of the poor to productive credit, and developing business and trade connectivity across the region is crucial for inclusive and equitable growth in the region.
Among the countries of the region, the Islamic Republic of Iran is a wealthy and vast country with specific geo-political situation that has numerous valuable potentials for cooperation with countries.
Mr. Chairman, ladies and gentlemen,
I conclude my remarks by stressing that:
First, emerging and developing countries in our region should work together through the present troubles, bringing a balance to the regional and global markets and trade. Our policy makers should take "regionally coordinated approach" that reduces or stops threats before they proliferate world-wide. Our governments should increase their cooperation in developing an early-warning system, even in seemingly quieter time, to counter the new face of global disruption.
Second, efforts should be made on investing in "young people" and "technologies" to create long-lasting incentive-driven jobs that will increase the countries’ competitive capacity for decades. Young people hold the key to the future with the potential to propel economies through their creativity and capacities for innovation. We should be investing in the health, education and training of our youth. This would yield enormous returns in economic growth and development for generations to come.
Third, there is a need to take into account the approach of the part of "the world of work" represented by business. It is necessary to focus on reinvigorating the private sector as the driving engine for sustainable job growth. It is among the duties of our governments to encourage the private sector and prepare necessary grounds for their active presentation in the development and progress.
We also call on the ILO to:
Firstly, further assist constituents in assessing the impact of policy responses and to provide policy oversight and technical support for the implementation of the appropriate exit strategies at the national level. However, we particularly emphasize that the ILO support and cooperation for country/regional work should be conditional on the existence of a tripartite advisory structure in the targeted country.
Secondly, concentrate on achievable objectives, while reflecting national circumstances, and promoting "Decent Work" and "Sustainable Enterprises" — that would produce job growth in the long term. As to the decent work, I have always mentioned, in many occasions, at national level that promotion of decent work in the country would lead to social justice for all. I am hoping that decent work county program incorporated into the Iranian 5th National Development Plan (March 2011-March 2016), as article 25, could be successfully streamlined and executed in an appropriate manner.
Mr. Chair, ladies and gentlemen, I thank you all for your attention.