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RIAL Workshop "Labor Dimension of globalization and free trade agreements: Impacts and labor provisions"

Place and Date: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, July 27, 2010
Venue: Hilton Hotel - Gran Salón Room
Ave. George Washington No. 500

This Workshop was part of the IACML Calendar of Activities for 2010-2011, and it was held prior to the First Working Groups Meeting within the framework of the XVI IACML.It was jointly organized by the Canadian Labour Program, the Ministry of Labor of the Dominican Republic and the Organization of American States (OAS).


• Officers from the Ministries of Labour of 26 OAS Member States responsible for international relations
• Representatives from COSATE and CEATAL
• Representatives from ILO, ECLAC, European Commission, civil society, researchers, as well as experts in the field.


Final Agenda 

Final Participants List

Preliminary results and ideas of the meeting

Information Bulletin

Photo Gallery

Welcome remarks

Ambassador Anibal Quiñónez, Permanent Representative of the Organization of American States in the Dominican Republic

Panel 1 – Labor impact of globalization  

Presentation from Janine Berg, Employment Specialist of the ILO Office in Brazil
Power Point Presentation

Presentation of Argentina - Marta Novick, Under-Secretary for Technical Programming and Labor Studies, Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security
Power Point Presentation

Presentation of COSATE - Teresa Healy, Senior Researcher of the Canadian Labour Congress

Presentation of CEATAL - Brian Burkett, Counselor of the Canadian Employers Council

Open Dialogue

Panel 2 – Labor provisions of free trade agreements and integration processes

Introductory remarks by moderator Maryse Robert, Chief of the Trade Office, Department of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism, SEDI, OAS.

Introductory presentation from Anne Posthuma, Senior Researcher or the International Institute for Labor Studies, and author of the Chapter on this issue of the “World of Work Report 2009” (30’)
Power Point Presentation  
Labour Provisions Summary   

Round table

Mario Barbosa, Special Advisor on International Affairs, Ministry of Labor and Employment of Brazil
Anel Valencia, Sub-coordinator of Hemispheric Labor Policy, Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare of Mexico
Pablo Lazo, Advisor of the General Directorate for International Economic Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile
Gregory Schoepfle, Director of the Office of Trade and Labor Affairs (OTLA) at the United States Department of Labor
Victor Felix, Labour Commissioner, Ministry of Labor and Immigration of Barbados
Pierre Bouchard, Director, Bilateral and Regional Labour Affairs, Canadian Labour Program, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
Andres Marranzini, Under-Secretary of Labor, Ministry of Labor of the Dominican Republic
Special guest:  Luis Manuel Portero, Trade and Sustainable Development, DG TRADE, European Commission

Open dialogue