A bi-weekly look at Labor Administration in the Americas
March 2020 
WHO: Protecting health workers should be a priority for governments against the spread of Coronavirus
Protecting health workers is one of the three priorities that countries must have in the fight to stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) Chief, Tedros Adhanom Gebreyesus. He also recommended to actively involve communities to protect people at greater risk, and promote international cooperation to protect the most vulnerable countries to contain the epidemic. The Ministries of Labor are also advised to promote and disseminate the measures recommended by the Ministries of Health in the public and private sector, and to define their own measures to prevent the spread of the virus.
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International Women's Day: A long way to go to achieve employment equity in the region
March 8th marks the commemoration of International Women’s Day throughout the world, a day to remember that although progress has been made, the road towards achieving gender equity in our region remains long and complex. Today, working women in Latin America and the Caribbean earn 17% less than men with the same qualifications and doing the same job, according to the most recent ILO report. Similarly, labor conditions are still systematically unequal.
The RIAL-OAS reaffirms its commitment with the Ministries of Labor to continue supporting their gender mainstreaming processes to reduce the gender gap in the labor market. The next event will be the RIAL Workshop on “The Institutionalization of a Gender Approach in the Ministries of Labor,” aimed at strengthening the capacities of the Gender Units or offices. It will take place from May 19 to the 21 in Buenos Aires.
Last week to submit Bilateral Cooperation proposals!

Thursday, March 5th, is the deadline for Ministries of Labor to submit their Bilateral Cooperation proposals to the 13th RIAL Call. More than 25 countries in the region have shown interest in participating in this new edition. We are excited to receive your proposals!
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New Minister of Labor of Colombia
On Thursday, February 27, Mr. Ángel Cabrera Báez took office as Minister of Labor of Colombia before President Ivan Duque. Mr. Cabrera is a public accountant graduated with honors from the National University of Colombia, specialized in Finance and Tax Law from the University of the Andes. He has served as Director for Colombia before the Central American Bank for Economic Integration, Regional Director of the Colombian Family Welfare Institute (ICBF) Regional Bogotá, Councilman of Bogotá, Congressman, and Senator. In the private sector, he has worked as a tax and financial advisor.  
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New Minister of Labor and Social Security of Uruguay takes office

Today, Dr. Pablo Mieres took office as Minister of Labor and Social Security of Uruguay, as part of President Luis Lacalle Pou’s Cabinet. Dr. Mieres is a Doctor in Law and Social Sciences and a Graduate in Sociology for Development. He has been the Director of Social Sciences of the Catholic University of Uruguay and a university professor of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. He was also a National Deputy from 2000 to 2005, Senator and candidate for the Presidency on three occasions.
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Canada: Ontario prepares People for Skilled Trades Careers in Thunder Bay
Chile: MINTRAB launches program to strengthen the hiring of seniors
Colombia: Ministry of Labor publishes guidelines to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the workplace
Mexico: STPS announces measures against abusive outsourcing
Panama: Mitradel and Industrial Union sign agreement for academic and scientific cooperation
Paraguay: Ministry of Labor trained more than 180,000 women
Peru: MTPE signs commitment for the life and health of construction workers
American Competitiveness Exchange
May 17-20
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Deadline to submit proposals for the 13th RIAL Call
March 5th 
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OAS: Courses on the Education Portal of the Americas 
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OAS: Opportunities for Funding (Rowe Fund)
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OAS: Scholarship opportunities 
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ILO: 2019 Labour Overview- Latin America and the Caribbean (Executive Summary)
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ILO: World Employment and Social Outlook-Trends 2020
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Telework in the 21st century: An evolutionary perspective

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ECLAC:Social programmes, poverty eradication and labour inclusion: Lessons from Latin America and the Caribbean

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The Future of Work: What will be the Impact of Digitalization, and What To Do?

(In Spanish) 
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ILO: Women in Business and Management: The business case for change
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Employment Situation in Latin America and the Caribbean: Evolution of and prospects for women’s labour participation in Latin America
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