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UWI delegates head to regional Conference on Global Financial Crisis

For Release Upon Receipt - March 31, 2009

St. Augustine


In the lead-up to the Fifth Summit of the Americas in Port of Spain, Trinidad, a small group of delegates from this country’s campus of The University of the West Indies (UWI) will attend Tripartite Caribbean Conference on the theme “Promoting Human Prosperity beyond the Global Financial Crisis: Seeking Sustainable Solutions through Social Dialogue”. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) Subregional Office will convene the conference at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, Kingston, Jamaica on April 1st and 2nd, 2009, approximately two weeks before the Summit of the Americas, carded for April 17th to 19th.

The ILO conference will provide a forum to discuss the global financial crisis and its effects on enterprises, livelihoods and opportunities for finding employment. The conference will bring together tripartite constituents from the English- and Dutch-speaking Caribbean, stakeholders from various government departments and institutions, including central banks, civil society, the academic community, regional organizations, international financial institutions and the United Nations.

The messages coming out of the conference are expected to resonate with the major themes of discussions during the Summit. These messages will also be taken to a wider audience by ILO Director General, Juan Somavia, who will be attending the Summit and addressing the Civil Society Forum.