ILO participates in the design of a roadmap for business organisations in the Latin American region to promote productive development pacts in their countries

National productivity studies were presented at the Forum Driving up Productivity in Latin America, with the support of the ILO Bureau for Employers' Activities (ACT/EMP) in Lima

News | 13 October 2023
The ILO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, through ACT/EMP, convened the Business Forum: Driving up Productivity in Latin America, which took place in Lima, Peru on October 10, 2023. The Forum was the culmination of a process of several months in which ACT/EMP produced 9 National Studies on the challenges faced by employers’ and business membership organizations (EBMOs) to promote productivity enhancement at national level.

EBMOs representatives from 10 Latin American countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay) attended in person to the meeting. However, the Forum was held in hybrid modality, allowing access to hundreds of virtual participants to join the meeting.

Recording of the meeting can be accessed through Facebook at the following link.

For several years, and as requested by the Employers' Group, the ILO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean has been advancing on an important line of work on productivity. Going back to the 2018’s ILO American Regional Meeting (held in Panama), the tripartite constituents of the ILO adopted a Declaration that “incorporated the general guidelines of the activities that the ILO Office would carry out in the next four years.” On that meeting, the Employers' Group highlighted that the time had come for Social Dialogue for Productive Development and requested the Office to delve deeper into this issue.

Since then, the Regional Office has made progress in carrying out an in-depth regional diagnosis to evaluate the systemic failures of the economies that affect productivity. Between 2021 and 2022, the Office led a bipartite research process to prepare the first regional report on productivity in which EBMOs and trade-union experts actively participated. The effort resulted in the development of the Regional Report on Digital transition, technological change and productive development policies in LAC: challenges and opportunities, which was launched at a tripartite discussion that took place within the framework of the OECD Ministerial Summit on Productivity, in Brazil in June 2022.

In addition, the Regional Office has reinforced its internal capabilities, having since 2020 a new Regional Specialist on Policy and Productivity, which has allowed the development of new collaboration networks with institutions linked to productive development, such as the OECD Regional Program for Latin America and the Caribbean, which has as one of its priorities the improvement of productivity in the region. 

In this context, ACT/EMP produced 9 National Studies: driving up productivity in Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, and Uruguay, which were officially launched at the Forum on October 10. These documents not only analyse the main dimensions that affect productivity in these countries, but also offer a roadmap that can serve EBMOs to promote national pacts for Productive Development.

The National Studies and the results of the Forum discussions will be integrated into a second Regional Report on productivity in Latin America, which is in the process of being finalized and that will be launched at the end of 2023. Said launch will be accompanied by a communication campaign with the objective of highlighting the importance of improving productivity to achieve the ILO objectives, such as, the generation of decent jobs, inclusive economic growth and, ultimately, the improvement of the quality of livelihoods of Latin-American women and men.