Esther Byer-Suckoo, addresses the crowd at the Tripartite Caribbean Symposium ending yesterday at the Hilton Hotel, St. Michael.?? Also visible (far left), Sir Roy Trotman, Vice-Chairperson, ILO Governing Body and beside him, Marcel Meyer, President, Caribbean Employer’s Confederation. (C.Pitt/BGIS)

Government is committed to strengthening the Social Partnership in Barbados and to making that body more transparent to Barbadians.

Minister of Labour Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo made this pledge last afternoon during the closing ceremony of a Tripartite Caribbean Symposium entitled Tripartism and Social Dialogue: Comparative Experiences in Dealing with Economic and Social Development Issues, at the Hilton Barbados.

Acknowledging that persons needed to be more aware of the Social Partnership and its contribution to the national development of this country, she noted that Government would embark on a programme of public education to address this vacuum.

"It is important as we go on to build the Social Partnership that we need to let everyone know what is happening…I am committed to regular press briefings after our monthly meetings," she stated, adding that persons could also log on to the Ministry of Labour’s website at http://www.labour.gov.bb/ to read Protocol Six, which was signed recently, for more information on the focus of that body.

Dr. Byer Suckoo also said that a subcommittee of the Social Partnership would be established in order to identify key deliverables and methods for monitoring and evaluating them.

Regional participants??listen intently at the three-day Tripartite Caribbean Symposium, ending yesterday, held at the Hilton Hotel, St. Michael. (C.Pitt/BGIS)

The two-day Tripartite Symposium brought together a number of participants from across the region, as well as from Singapore and Mauritius.??

Decisions made included: Heads of Government should take the lead in promoting tripartism and social dialogue in the design and implementation of economic and social policies, aimed at achieving full and productive employment and decent work; national social dialogue mechanisms should be institutionalised and consultations should be convened on a regular basis with a mutually agreed agenda; and the social partners should lobby the Governments of CARICOM to implement regional agreements and commitments.

Participants also agreed that South-South and triangular cooperation with the participation of tripartite delegations from Mauritius and Singapore should be promoted as a means of sharing knowledge and experiences for building capacity in the field of social dialogue.?? (KRM/BGIS)



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