(ZIZ News) – The Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis is poised to benefit from the Strengthening Labour Market Monitoring and Performance Project in the Caribbean which is being financed by the World Bank and implemented by the University of the West Indies [UWI].
Outlining the project at a National Consultation on the Economy held on Tuesday, U.W.I Pro-Vice Chancellor, Andrew Downes said the project consists of two parts.
“First of all, to establish and strengthen regional labour market monitoring system for the whole Caribbean so as to improve the capacity of the region to provide labour market information and also to be more targeted and informed about the sort of labour market inventions that we need to undertake. So the first aspect of the project therefore is a capacity building project in relation to the labour market, Downes stated.
“Secondly to enhance regional cooperation to improve labour market policy and programming performance. That is to ensure that across the region we are able to share information and involve all the stakeholders who are involved in the labour market, to ensure that they provide the necessary information and do the analysis we need to undertake,” he added.
Minister of Labour, the Hon. Vance Amory encouraged participants to take full advantage of the consultation as it will benefit the Federation’s labour market.
He said, “Those of us who are here.as representing the different areas of labour government, representatives of labour workers, representatives of employers; I think it is incumbent on us to seize this opportunity, this discussion, look at the dialog which will be engaged in over this day to ensure that we put together a framework which will facilitate the compilation of the relevant data which will guide the process of achieving the strengthening of our labour market.”
The project, which was launched in October 2014, focuses on six World Bank Caribbean member countries including St. Lucia, Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda and Trinidad and Tobago.