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Home >> News and Events >> News >> Needs Assessment and Status Report Consultancy re: Implementation of OECS Labour Force Survey in OECS Member States

OECS Commission, Castries St. Lucia, February 3rd, 2015 - The OECS Commission under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) Project Economic Integration and Trade of OECS, has secured the services of Consultant Justine Cleophas Pierre (Labour Market and TVET Consultant) to undertake an assessment and status report regarding the implementation of the OECS Labour Force Survey in the beneficiary Member States - Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines.

The Consultancy is intended to supplement and complement ongoing monitoring and coordination activities by the OECS Commission with regard to the implementation of the OECS Labour Force Survey in the OECS Member States, with ultimate objectives of facilitating the implementation of at least one round of the OECS Labour Force Survey in most Member States.

The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) achieved a major milestone in its integration process on January 21st 2011, when the Revised Treaty of Basseterre Establishing the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States Economic Union came into effect which seeks to deepen the level of integration and functional cooperation in various sectors, including the labour market.

Given the challenge posed by globalization for the survival of Caribbean economies, a major dimension of development policy focus on how best to manage the process of their integration into the emerging global economy. The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) has therefore assumed the responsibility for strengthening cohesion and functional cooperation among its Members and preparing them for strengthened integration into the world community.

The establishment of the OECS Economic Union, to which the free movement of labour is integral, is a critical aspect of the region's development strategy. This brings to the fore several labour related issues including competitiveness, wages and unemployment, which need to be addressed within the context of the creation and management of a single financial and economic space.

All of these issues also lie at the heart of economic and social policy coordination across the respective OECS Member States. Labour Market Information (LMI) is therefore extremely important as it allows governments to design suitable policies to facilitate freedom of movement and to monitor their implementation, including social and economic effects. The absence of a functioning OECS Labour Market Information Systems (LMIS) in the region impedes the effective and timely monitoring of adjustments in the labour market, as well as the design of appropriate enabling policies.

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Justine Pierre