Needs Assessment and Status Report Consultancy Re; Implementation of OECS Labour Force Survey in OECS Member States

Monday, February 16, 2015 2:25 PM - George's, Grenada
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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


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


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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