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St. Kitts and Nevis Becomes 174th Member State: Mr. Jorge Arrate Mac Niven (Chile) Elected Chairman of the Governing Body for 1996-1997


Press release | 21 June 1996


GENEVA (ILO News) - The Caribbean island State of St. Kitts and Nevis became the 174th member of the International Labour Organization following receipt in Geneva of a letter from Mr. Rupert Herbert, Minister of Education, Labour and Social Security, stating, on behalf of the Government, that "St. Kitts and Nevis (...) formally accepts the obligations of the Constitution of the International Labour Organization (...) and solemnly undertakes fully and faithfully to perform each of the provisions thereof." St. Kitts and Nevis' membership became effective on 19 June.

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Meeting in Geveva this morning, the ILO's Governing Body unanimously elected Mr. Jorge Arrate Mac Niven, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs of Chile, to serve as Chairman of its 1996-1997 session. Mr. William Brett (United Kingdom) was re-elected as worker Vice Chairman and Mr. Jean-Jacques Oechslin (France) was re-elected as employer Vice Chairman.