ILO convenes high-level meeting for caribbean employers' organizations

This high-level meeting is held every 3 years and is the forum where representatives of national, regional and international organizations of employers discuss major concerns within the world of work’s labour and social dimensions.

News | 09 April 2008
PORT OF SPAIN (ILO News) - Over twenty-five high-level representatives from fifteen national employers' organizations throughout the Caribbean region will gather from 15-17 April 2008 at the Coyaba Beach Resort, St. George’s, Grenada for the 11th International Labour Organization's Round Table for Caribbean Employers' Organizations. The Honourable Claris Modeste-Curwin, Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Culture and the Performing Arts is expected to deliver the feature address at the formal opening on 15 April 2008.

This high-level meeting is held every 3 years and is the forum where representatives of national, regional and international organizations of employers discuss major concerns within the world of work’s labour and social dimensions.

Under the theme, “The Impact of Caribbean Regional Integration on Employers and their Organizations”, the 11th ILO Round Table for Caribbean employers’ organizations, is being organized through the collaborative efforts of the ILO’s Headquarters based in Geneva, Switzerland, its Subregional Office for the Caribbean in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Grenada Employers’ Federation (GEF), the host organization.

Since the 9th ILO Round Table (Suriname, April/May 2002), and the 10th ILO Round Table (Bermuda, April 2005), a new business operating environment has emerged in the form of regional and hemispheric integration. In 2006, twelve Caribbean countries, signed on the Caribbean Single Market and Economy, thereby shedding their national boundaries to participate within more regionally-defined ones. National employers’ organizations have therefore become preoccupied with the need to equip themselves for participating in the wider operational arena.

The 11th ILO Round Table for Caribbean Employers intends to provide the forum at which national employers’ organizations of the region may all take stock of what they have encountered, accomplished, and still require to compete in the new operating environment

The Forum's main objectives are: to understand the impact and further implications the CSME is having on national employers’ organization and their member enterprises, and the requirements for participating in the new operating environments, and to map out strategies to support the efforts of national employers’ organizations to effectively carry out their roles and responsibilities. The findings of the recent worldwide survey "Trends in the Workplace 2008," launched by the International Organisation of Employers on 17 March 2008 will also be highlighted.

Presenters and facilitators for the Round Table will be drawn from the national employer organizations as well as from the regional and international organizations that have been invited, including the International Organisation of Employers and the Caribbean Employers' Confederation. The Round Table will be preceded by the 48th Annual General Meeting of the Caribbean Employers’ Confederation, taking place on Monday, 14th April 2008.