THE government will ensure child labour issues continue to be addressed on an ongoing basis even after TACKLE — an International Labour Organisation project currently in place — completes its term at the end of the year.
Stakeholders that attended the Fiji National Child Labour Forum in Cuvu, Nadroga, this week were assured the initiative by the ILO's Tackling Child Labour through Education (TACKLE) project would continue under the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment's Child Labour Unit.
"Government, through my ministry, is committed to ensuring the Child Labour Unit continues to function even after the end of the TACKLE project," said Labour Minister Jone Usamate.
"We want to make sure that this effort is sustained. We will make sure that there is continuity in enforcement of laws related to children. We intend to make sure that the best practices used by the Child Labour Unit continue to be practised and that others learn from them."
Mr Usamate said once the unit was firmly established, Fiji would look to assist Pacific Island countries set up similar programs to address child labour issues in the region.
"We intend to be in a position to share our experiences with our partners in the Pacific region under South-South co-operation," he said.
The three-day National Child Labour Forum ended yesterday.