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ILO director-general commends Jamaica on notion of inclusive growth

Published:Thursday | February 23, 2017 | 2:28 PM
Director-General of the International Labour Organization, Guy Ryder (left) with Jamaica's Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

Director-General of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Guy Ryder has commended the Jamaican government for putting inclusive growth, job creation and decent work at the centre of the work being undertaken by the Economic Growth Council.

He said that was a great opportunity to deepen cooperation with the ILO in bringing further emphasis on the decent work agenda in the context of the inclusive growth strategy of Jamaica.

During a call on the Prime Minister on Tuesday, both men emphasised that the quantity and quality of jobs were important for uplifting the Jamaican people to a more prosperous and sustainable future, according to a release from the ILO.

An important part of creating an enabling environment for that to happen is the Labour Market Reform Programme driven by a tripartite commission, the release said.

The ILO used the opportunity to again pledge its support for continued technical advisory services to share international best practice, knowledge exchange and capacity building, for example in the areas of youth employment and formalisation.

The Director-General is in Jamaica to attend the Caribbean future of work forum and the 10th ILO meeting of Caribbean ministers of labour.

The release said it is the first official visit of an ILO Director–General to Jamaica.

- mcpherse.thompson@gleanerjm.com