First BRICS Employment Working Group meeting held in Hyderabad
The first-ever meeting of BRICS Employment Working Group (BEWG) was held in Hyderabad, Telangana from July 27 to 28, 2016.
The agenda of the two day meeting was to shape the agenda for labour and employment track in BRICS countries.
Key highlights of meeting
- BRICS member countries were able to reach a consensus on employment generation, social security agreement and networking of labour institutes.
- The meeting set the agenda to promote decent work and promote job creation between BRICS countries.
- The foundation works for BEWG were also laid by delegates from member countries. India has drafted the Terms of Reference (TOR) of BEWG which has now been finalised.
- Besides, India also put forth some proposals for concrete collective action in the field of social security as well as research and capacity building.
The BEWG meeting is a prelude to the BRICS Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting scheduled on September 27-28, 2016 under the Indian Presidency at Agra, Uttar Pradesh. The need to set up employment working group was first recognised at the first BRICS Labour and Employment Ministers meeting held at Ufa, Russia in 2015.