January 2017
Newsflash #78

A bi-weekly look at Labor Administration in the Americas
RIAL en Colombia
Open 10th Call for Bilateral Cooperation of RIAL
The OAS launched the 10th Call of the RIAL which will fund cooperation activities between the Ministries of Labor, and will allow them to improve their strategies and programs. The Call for Proposals will be open until March 1st, 2017. We invite all Ministries to present their proposals! Results will be announced on March 20th.
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OAS Ministers of Education to approve the Inter-American Educational Agenda
On February 9 and 10, the Ministers of Education of the OAS will meet in The Bahamas to approve the Inter-American Educational Agenda (AEI), an instrument that will guide the Inter-American cooperation in the coming years and will support the states to fulfill their commitment to the Agenda 2030, mainly ODS4, and specifically in the three areas that the ministries themselves have defined as priorities:
  • Quality, inclusive, and equitable education
  • Strengthening of the teaching profession
  • Comprehensive early childhood care
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Dates for meetings towards the 20th OAS Ministerial of Labor are set
Following the Calendar of Activities 2016 - 2017 of the Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor (IACML), the dates for the meeting of the Working Groups of the Conference and the preparatory work for the 20th IACML have been set for April 26 to 28, 2017 in Asuncion, Paraguay. These meetings will serve to continue analyzing and defining solutions to the most pressing labor challenges such as labor informality, youth unemployment and the need to continue strengthening labor administrations. Reserve an space in your calendar!
10 achievements from Davos 2017
The Davos forum held January 17 -20 brought together key business leaders, international politicians, journalists and select intellectuals to discuss the world's most pressing issues. The four key challenges surrounding the 2017 annual meeting were: strengthening global collaboration, revitalizing economic growth, reforming capitalism, and preparing for the fourth industrial revolution.
Access here the 10 achievements >>
Antigua and Barbuda: Skills and Empowerment Programme launches new cycle of temporary employment
Bolivia: draft law on protection of labor stability was sent to the Legislative Assembly
Brazil: Government ratifies protocol against forced labor
Canada: improves accessibility for Canadians with disabilities within their workplaces and communities
Chile: launches new web platform of the National Employment Exchange as an active government policy to improve employability
Colombia: MinTrabajo, MinEducacion and SENA present draft Tertiary Education Decree for vulnerable population
Costa Rica: implements Telework starting January 21st as a measure to mitigate the effects of closing the bridge over the Virilla River
Mexico: STPS invites companies to obtain fiscal stimulus
Uruguay: decree to promote youth employment in tourist season approved
Venezuela: sole collective agreement of the aluminum sector covers more than 12,000 workers
OAS: IX Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Education
February 9 &10, 2017  Nassau, Bahamas
ILO: 10th Meeting of Caribbean Ministers of Labour  
February 22-24, 2017
Kingston, Jamaica
IOE: 3rd Meeting of the B20 Employment Taskforce
March 14, 2017
Geneva, Switzerland 
ILO: Tripartite Meeting on Improving Employment and Working Conditions in Health Services
April 24-28, 2017
Geneva, Switzerland
ILO: "2016 Labour Overview of Latin America and the Caribbean"   
(Executive Summary)


ECLAC: "Overview of Professional Technical Education in Latin America and the Caribbean"  
(in Spanish)
ECLAC: "Economic and Social Panorama of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, 2016"  
WEF: "Realizing Human Potential in the Fourth Industrial Revolution" 
ILO: " Women at Work Trends 2016" 

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