Monday, September 01 2014 @ 01:00 AM AST
Contributed by: AleemKhan
According to an International Labour Organisation (ILO) statement Saturday (August 30), Antigua and Barbuda Senator David Massiah, a trade unionist, and Jamaican businessman Wayne Chen, president of the Caribbean Employers' Confederation (CEC) will be the other two panellists.
"The International Labour Organization (ILO) will host a side event to call for closer economic integration for full employment and decent work as a path to sustainable development at the United Nations Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Conference in Apia, Samoa from September 1-4 (2014)," the ILO said.
The side event "Promoting Closer Economic Integration for Full Employment and Decent Work in the Caribbean," will be moderated by ILO Deputy Director-General Gilbert Houngbo. Discussions will focus on "existing and potential arrangements for closer economic and social integration as well as labour mobility within the region. The focus of the discussion will be on measures required to overcome the obstacles that have so far prevented the region from achieving the economic, labour market and social benefits of closer cooperation and integration," the release said.
The ILO said: "It has long been recognized that the region would benefit from increased economic integration which can be boosted by referring to multinational enterprise frameworks. This notion has led to a number of intra-regional arrangements and on-going bilateral negotiations between countries in the Caribbean, Central and Latin America. These existing and potential agreements aim to expand trade, commerce and decent work opportunities in specific niches of the economy."