Opening Addresses and Presentations

10th ILO Meeting of Caribbean Ministers of Labour

Presentation | Kingston, Jamaica | 21 February 2017

Opening Ceremony Addresses


  • Welcome and opening remarks by Hon. Shahine Robinson, MP, Minister, Ministry of Labour and Social Security, (MLSS), Jamaica
  • Greetings by Ms Myrna Bernard, Director, Human Development, Directorate of Human and Social Development, CARICOM
  • Greetings by Mr Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization

Day 1 - Presentations


Session 1: Elevating Decent Work to the national and regional policy level and the role of social partnership

Introductory presentation by Mr Rainer Pritzer, Senior Specialist, Social Dialogue and Labour Administration, ILO Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean (ILO DWT/O-POS)

Session 2: Presentation of the 2016 ILO report on non-standard employment around the world


Presentation by Ms Mariya Aleksynska Economist, Labour Market Specialist, ILO, Geneva

Session 3: Strategy for harmonization of labour laws: A discussion on options

Introductory presentation by Mr Shingo Miyake Labour Law and International Labour Standards Specialist, ILO DWT/O-POS

Session 4: Regional Initiative, Latin America and the Caribbean Free of Child Labour

Day 2 - Presentations


Session 5: A skilled workforce for sustainable growth and development
  • Presentation by Senator, Dr. the Honourable Esther Byer-Sookoo, Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development, Barbados
  • Presentation by Myrna  C. Bernard, Director, Human Development, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat

Session 6: Improving productivity and competitiveness: The role of labour management relations and transitioning to formality
  • Introductory presentation by Mr Kelvin Sergeant Specialist, Sustainable Enterprise Development and Job Creation, ILO DWT/O-POS
  • Presentation by Mr Charles Douglas, Ph.D., Jamaica productivity Centre, Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Jamaica - 24 February 2017

Session 7: Progress and outlook on labour cooperation in the Caribbean

Introductory presentation by Ms Claudia Coenjaerts Director, ILO DWT/O-POS