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09 Feb
GEF brings employers together to discuss productivity

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PRESS RELEASE

 CEC & ILO facilitates Productivity Workshop in Grenada

 

GEORGE’S , 8th February, 2017 The Grenada Employers’ Federation (GEF) invites your news team to cover the opening ceremony of the CEC-ILO-GEF Membership Workshop on Productivity Improvements. The aim of the workshop is to allow employers to gain an understanding of issues of Productivity and to explore ways of improving.

 

This Workshop is carded for Thursday 9th February, 2017 at the St. George’s Suite, Grenadian by Rex Resorts, Point Salines, St. George’s. The opening ceremony begins at 9:00 am.

 

The Grenada Employers’ Federation (GEF) is hosting this workshop in collaboration with the Caribbean Employers’ Confederation (CEC) and International Labour Organization (ILO).

 

This membership engagement forms part of the European Union (EU) funded project: Challenges to CARIFORUM Labour, Private Sector and Employers’ to fulfil their EPA Obligations: Caribbean Employers’ Confederation (CEC) and the Caribbean Congress of Labour (CCL) Component of the Support to Facilitate Participation of CARIFORUM Civil Society in Regional Development and Integration Process.

 

Accompanying this release is a copy of the Agenda for the workshop. Certainly, this would be a perfect opportunity for your establishment to interview key experts on productivity, ILO and CEC representatives.

 

Should you require additional information please contact the Executive Director.

 

Looking forward to your usual co-operation.

06 Feb
Productivity Workshop aimed at improving economic growth in SMEs in Dominica

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In a renewed campaign to enhance the productivity and competitiveness of Dominican enterprises in the regional and international markets, the Dominica Employers’ Federation in collaboration with the Caribbean Employers’ Confederation (CEC) and the International Labour Organisation (Caribbean Office) (ILO), with funding from the European Union (EU), will host a one-day Workshop on the theme Productivity Improvements for Small and Micro Enterprises (SMEs)”, on Monday 6th February, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Fort Young Hotel, Roseau. A total twenty-five (25) entrepreneurs and social partners from the Ministry of Commerce, Labour Unions and private sector will participate in the workshop.

 

The Productivity workshop is designed to help small enterprises in Dominica understand the issues of productivity, and explore ways in which they can be improved. Topics to be discussed are:

  • The current state of Productivity and Competitiveness in Dominica: Indicators, Measurement, Data requirement and Data availability.
  • Measures to improve productivity at organizational levels.
  • Shaping the Business environment: Addressing Cultural Barriers, Data availability, Rewards and Recognition.
  • Panel & Group Discussion: What policies and strategies can be identified to improve productivity?
  • Tools to enhance national and enterprise productivity
  • Way forward/ Next steps

 

Coordinator for the Workshop, and Labour-Management Analyst with the Dominica Employers’ Federation, Michelle Marshall, stated, “The Dominica business model has forever been characterised by low productivity and competitiveness in the local, regional and international product markets as we seem to be known more for costs rather than quality. Therefore, this Workshop will challenge participants to make productivity improvements a critical part of the model because if we boost productivity, we can improve economic growth.”

 

Labour Commissioner in the Ministry of Justice, Immigration & National Security, Dr. Matthew Leblanc is carded to speak at the Opening Ceremony, along with Mr. Benoit Bardouille, President, DEF; Ms. Vanessa Phala, Senior Specialist on Employers’ Activities, ILO; and Ms. Gabrielle Johnson, National Project Officer, CEC.

 

The Workshop will be free to invitees.

 

Members of the media are invited to attend the Opening Ceremony, schedule for Monday, 6th February, 2017: 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Fort Young Hotel, Roseau, Dominica

 

Employers 360®

Dominica Employers’ Federation

P.O. Box 1783

14 Church Street, Roseau

employers360@cwdom.dm

www.dominicaemployers.com

25 Jan
A Membership Workshop on Productivity Improvements for Small and Micro Enterprises: Understanding issues of productivity and exploring ways of improving

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PRESS RELEASE

This Workshop is part of regional training organised through the European Union (EU) funded project to strengthen the capacity of Employer Organizations within the Caribbean Employers’ Confederation (CEC) to play a greater role in regional policy making.

The Aim of the Workshop is to highlight Productivity Improvement method and to share
Productivity tools which have been developed by the International Labour Organization
(ILO).

The Jamaica Productivity Centre will make presentations on “Measures to Improve
Productivity” and on “Productivity and Competitiveness”. The Honourable Minister of
Labour and Social Security has been invited to be the Keynote Speaker at the Opening
Ceremony.

The Senior Specialist on Employers Activities from the International Labour Organization
(ILO) Trinidad, President of Jamaica Employers’ Federation (JEF) and President of Caribbean
Employers’ Confederation (CEC) as well as President of Jamaica Confederation of Trade
Unions (JCTU) will speak as the start of the Workshop.

Member of the Media are invited to attend the Opening Ceremony.

For more information contact Mr. Joel Brown; email joelbrown@jamaicaemployers.com or Ms. Bethan Whych email info@jamaicaemployers.com. Telephone 926-6908 / 926-5524.

23 Jan
BCCI Workshop – Productivity Improvements for Small & Micro Enterprises

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The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) along with Caribbean Employers’ Confederation and International Labour Organization (ILO) will be hosting a Workshop on “Productivity Improvements for Small & Micro Enterprises”, on Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel, Philip Goldson Highway, Belize City.

 

The Productivity Improvements for Small and Micro Enterprises Workshop will allow the private sector, particularly SMEs to receive important information on different objectives such as: to identify the productivity and competitiveness issues in Belize, to identify measures to improve productivity at organizational levels, to learn of ILO’s Best Practices and Tools to improve productivity and to discuss policies and strategies to address productivity.

The BCCI recommends that Business Owners, Human Resources Managers and Heads of the different departments to attend the Productivity workshop as this topic of discussion is a major asset for many business people. A productive workforce leads to a profitable business which in turn leads to a successful business. To fully understand what Productivity Improvement means, you must go past a literal definition, develop a stronger understanding of the concept and learn how you can achieve this goal. This workshop is the appropriate place to begin.

We are hereby inviting you to be a part of the Opening Ceremonies starting at 9:00 a.m. Please find attached the draft Agenda of the workshop. Your presence is invaluable. We look forward to your confirmation.

Media Contact:
Viannie Reyes (Ms.)
Marketing & Public Relations Officer
Belize Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Email: mpo@belize.org
Tel: (501) 223-5330

17 Jan

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Press Release

Workshop on Productivity Improvements for Small and Micro Enterprises to be hosted in St. Lucia

 

Senator the Honourable Dr. Ubaldus Raymond, Minister in the Ministry of Finance is slated to deliver the keynote address at the St. Lucia Employers Federation (SLEF) upcoming Membership Workshop entitled “Productivity Improvements for Small and Micro Enterprises” on January 18, 2017 at the Bay Gardens Hotel at 9:00 am. The workshop will be held in collaboration with the Caribbean Employers’ Confederation (CEC), the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the St. Lucia National Competitiveness and Productivity Council (NCPC). Also addressing the opening ceremony will be Ms. Linda Besson, Executive Secretary of the Caribbean Employers’ Confederation and Mr. Vern Gill, President of the St. Lucia Employers’ Federation.

 

In accordance with the implementation of the European Union funded project which aims to facilitate the participation of CARIFORUM civil society in the regional development and integration process, the Caribbean Employers’ Confederation (CEC) conducted a workshop during the Regional Bipartite Forum held in Grenada from November 3-5, 2015. The purpose of that workshop was for CEC members, of which SLEF is an affiliate, to identify the training needs of its members, chief among which was the necessity for a training workshop on “Productivity Improvements for SME’s”.

 

Amongst the facilitators will be Ms. Vanessa Phala, Senior Specialist on Employers’ Activities attached to the ILO Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean, who will be providing participants with an Overview to some ILO Productivity Tools; Ms. Fiona Hinkson, Executive Director of the National Productivity Council, who will be presenting on “Productivity & Competitiveness Indicators, Measurement, Data Requirements & Data availability in St. Lucia” and “Measures to Improve Productivity at various Organizational Levels” and Mr. Joseph Alexander, Executive Director of the St. Lucia Employers’ Federation who will be addressing “Improving Productivity/Controlling absenteeism”. The workshop will conclude with discussion on policies and strategies to address productivity.

 

Private Sector Business Employers and others interested in attending this workshop should contact The Secretariat of the St. Lucia Employers Federation, L’Anse Road, Castries, telephone: 452-2190.

 

Ends.

12 Jan
Press Release- CEC and BEC Commence National Workshops on Productivity

 

 

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PRESS RELEASE

Thirty-Five (35) representatives from 20 companies as well as representatives from leading trade unions and the Ministry of Labour in Barbados will participate in a Forum entitled “Understanding Issues of Productivity and Exploring Ways of Improving”, to be held at the Accra Beach Resort in Christ Church, Barbados, on Friday, January 13th, 2017.

In accordance with the implementation of the EU Project which aims to facilitate the participation of CARIFORUM civil society in regional development and integration process, the Caribbean Employers’ Confederation (CEC) conducted a workshop during the Regional Bipartite Forum held in Grenada from November 3-5, 2015. The purpose of the workshop was for members of the CEC to identify training needs.  Two topics were identified for the first series of training workshops to be undertaken in each member country. These topics are:

  1. Business Continuity and Disaster Management
  2. Productivity Improvements for SME’s

The workshops on productivity improvements for SMEs will be implemented during the months of January to March 2017. The workshops will be held in all 15 CARIFORUM member countries. The aim of the workshops is to engage on practical information relating to productivity improvements for SMEs and where applicable share some of the ILO tools developed to improved productivity.

The scheduled workshop in Barbados marks the beginning of this regional initiative with topics to be discussed at the Forum including: Productivity and Competitiveness indicators, measurement, data requirements and data availability; measures to improve productivity at organizational levels inclusive of social dialogue; and the role of the education system in cultivating productivity. There will also be an introduction of ILO Productivity Tools i.e. SYMAPRO, SCORE and WISE and discussion on the way forward by way of policies and national strategies.

Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development for Barbados, Sen. the Hon. Dr. Esther Byer-Sukoo is carded to speak at the Opening Ceremony, along with Ms. Vanessa Phala, Senior Specialist, Employers’ Activities, ILO; Mrs. Marguerite Estwick, President, Barbados Employers’ Confederation; Mr. Cedric Murrell, President, Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Association of Barbados; Mrs. Tony Moore, General Secretary, Barbados Workers’ Union; and Ms. Roslyn Smith, General Secretary, National Union of Public Workers.

Members of the media are invited to attend the Opening Ceremony, scheduled as follows:
Opening Ceremony: Friday, January 13th, 2017 8:45am – 9:30am; Accra Beach Resort, Christ Church, Barbados

CONTACT

For further information or to register your interest in covering the Opening Ceremony at the Forum, please contact:

Ms. Kara Sealy, Labour Management Advisor, Barbados Employers’ Confederation (BEC), becon@barbadosemployers.com / (246) 435-4753