??Minister Esther Byer-Suckoo (FP)

Government is pressing ahead with its plans to launch the promised Decent Work Country Programme, and will realise that objective by October of this year.

That was the word from Minister of Labour and Social Security, Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo, last weekend, while speaking at the opening ceremony of the 70th Annual Delegates’ Conference of the Barbados Workers’ Union, at Solidarity House, Harmony Hall, St. Michael.

Reiterating the commitment of her Ministry to the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO’s) "decent work agenda," Dr. Byer Suckoo pointed out that her department was "pressing ahead with its mission to assist Government and its Social Partners in promoting opportunities for the provision of decent and productive work, in conditions of freedom of association, equality, security and human dignity and to provide quality social and economic benefits for Barbadians".

She added that the five priority areas which comprised Barbados’ programme were: strengthening employment policies; developing skills in competency-based education and training and assessment for Caribbean Vocational Qualifications; developing a culture of entrepreneurship and strengthening local entrepreneurs to be competitive in existing and new economic activities; strengthening the capacity of the tripartite partners and improving public awareness of their roles and functions; and promoting policy coherence.

The ILO is expected to provide support to Barbados for the implementation of the programme.?? This will include technical advice, capacity building initiatives and training.?? In turn, the Ministry of Labour will provide financial support as well as monitor the progress of the programme on a yearly basis.??


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