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

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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), International Labour Organisation (ILO) and St. Lucia National Competitiveness and Productivity Council (NCPC).

Also addressing the opening ceremony will be Linda Besson, Executive Secretary of the Caribbean Employers’ Confederation, and 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 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 SMEs”.

Amongst the facilitators will be 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; 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 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 number 452-2190.

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