Petre Roman, former PM of Romania, and Member of World Leadership Alliance – Club de Madrid (WLA – CdM) will lead a mission to Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia) aimed at improving the access of Persons With Disabilities (PWD) to the labour market. During his visit, Roman will participate in the National Conference on the Implementation of the Economic Rights of Disabled People (with around 70 representatives of the disabled people community, related NGOs and business representatives) that will be held on 23 October at the Blue Sky Hotel and will support the Roadmap for Reform in the presence of the vice-Minister of Labour and Social Protection. Later on, Petre Roman will advocate for the rights of PWD in a meeting with the Minster of Labor and Social Inclusion, Sodnom Chinzorig.
According to a Labour Force Survey from 2014, there are 105,000 Persons with Disabilities in Mongolia (3.5 % of the population), of which 98,841 (94%) are of working age. Despite the numerous references to PWD in Mongolian legislation – Constitution of Mongolia (1992), Law on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2016), Law on Labour (1999), Law on Social Welfare (2012) – effective implementation of policy is hindered by inadequate implementing mechanisms and insufficient state capacity. In consequence, PWD face numerous impediments to work in Mongolia, despite the fact that the country ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Peter Roman’s visit to Mongolia is taking place in the framework of the EU-funded INSIPRED+ project, implemented by WLA-CdM. The former PM of Romania will support the efforts of NGOs and disabled peoples’ organizations working towards advancing the rights of PWD, like Teghs Niigem, a partner in the project. Their concerns will be included in the Roadmap for Reform, a policy document that will be presented during the National Conference on the Implementation of the Economic Rights of Disabled People. Roman will meet with Minster of Minister of Labour and Social Protection, Sodnom Chinzorig, and Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Ya.Sanjmyatav, to advocate for the recommendations contained in the Roadmap for Reform.