IOM Chief of Mission Met with Newly-Appointed Lao Minister of Labour and Social Welfare


Vientiane – Ms. Shareen Tuladhar, the Chief of Mission of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Lao People’s Democratic Republic paid a courtesy to H.E. Mdm. Baykham Khattiya, the newly appointed Minister of Labour and Social Welfare on 7 April.

On behalf of the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare (MoLSW), the Minister thanked IOM for the continuous support in managing effective labour migration, strengthening migrant protection, and promoting safe labour migration. H.E. Mdm Baykham also expressed appreciation for IOM’s commitment in supporting Lao People’s Democratic Republic to facilitate safe and orderly migration.

Ms. Tuladhar congratulated the Minister on the new appointment. “IOM is very honoured to support MoLSW and we are excited to further the collaboration under H.E. Mdm. Bykham’s leadership.” She added. Ms. Tuladhar reassured that IOM stands ready to support the MoLSW to strengthen labour migration management, which is part of the Ministry’s strategic mission.

IOM strives to protect migrant workers and to optimize the benefits of labour migration for both the country of origin and destination as well as for the migrants themselves. Specifically, in the current context, migrant workers play a critical role in the contribution of socio-economic recovery in any country.

MoLSW is the longest-standing partner of IOM in Lao People’s Democratic Republic. Since 2001, IOM has partnered with MoLSW in offering policy and technical advice to national governments that promote efficient, effective, and transparent labour migration flows; facilitating the ethical recruitment of workers; and capacitating officials and first responders in safe migration practices through various programming.

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  • H.E. Mdm. Baykham Khattiya met with Ms. Shareen Tuladhar on 7 April. Photo: IOM/2021

  • Ms. Shareen Tuladhar discussed the upcoming International Labour Day celebration with the Minister. Photo: IOM/2021