Cooperation Agreement Signed for the Extension of Combating Child Labour in Seasonal Agriculture Project Implemented by the Netherlands Government and the ILO

SIGNING CEREMONY 018The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Netherlands Ministry for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation have signed a cooperation agreement for the extension of the Elimination of Worst Forms of Child Labour in Seasonal Agriculture in Hazelnut Harvesting in Ordu Province (in Turkey) Project.

Ms. Özge Berber Agtaş, Officer in Charge of the ILO Office for Turkey and H.E. Ms. Lilianne Ploumen, Netherlands Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation signed the agreement in the ceremony held on 3 June 2014 at the ILO Office in Ankara. The agreement provides the one-year extension of the project which have been jointly implementing by the ILO and the Ministry of Labour and Social Security. Other participants of the Signature Ceremony were H.E. Mr Kamal Malhotra, UN Resident Coordinator for Turkey, Mr. Peter Rademaker, Donor Relations Coordinator of ILO HQ, H.E. Mr. Simon Smits, Director-General of Foreign Economic Relations, MoFA, Netherlands, H.E. Mr. Ron Keller, Ambassador of The Kingdom of the Netherlands to Turkey, Mr. Cüneyt Özen, Head of Unit, Employment Policies, Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Mr. Ahmet Okur, Deputy Director General of Ministry of Family and Social Policies.

The project developed a strategic intervention model with enhancing local and national capacities, direct support for children/families and awareness raising in compliance with the Time Bound Policy and Programme Framework (2005-2015) which is being coordinated by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security. Continuation of the project will serve to the sustainability of the strategic intervention model and develop a monitoring mechanism  for child labour in seasonal agriculture. The model will be scaled up in other sectors by ensuring active participation in project activities by the Government, social partners, civil society and the private sector.