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WAIPA Executive Director Bostjan Skalar will participate as a speaker at the WTO Public Forum Workshop on “Strengthening support for trade through decent work”.

Export Processing Zones (EPZs) are a critical component of trade and comprise a large component of many national economic development strategies worldwide. Many countries view EPZ creation as a straightforward way to bring jobs to areas of the country where opportunities for formal employment are otherwise limited. However, the poor track record of many EPZs in providing adequate protection to workers undermines these objectives and erodes public support for trade.

The report “Enhancing the contribution of export processing zones to SDG 8, decent work and economic growth” surveys 100 governmentmanaged EPZs to identify effective examples of EPZs promoting sound labour policy and positive local developmental impact. It also highlights areas where EPZs can make a greater impact in advancing decent work and strengthening support for trade. This session will present the findings of the report and discuss the implications for government policies and practices impacting decent work in EPZs.

This session will present the findings of the report and discuss the implications for government policies and practices impacting decent work in EPZs.

For more information please visit official WTO website below:

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