Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 22nd 2016 Contents "social dialogue" that is fair and
"You cannot have much of the
transitions taking place without
really considering what you do
with those who are going to lose
their jobs...how you train them...
how you bring them back.
"In days like where we find our-
selves now, we need to bring the
concept of decent work on board,"
"The concept of decent work
is exactly what becomes relevant
at this time."
The ILO s Decent Work Agenda,
as it s called, prescribes a multi-
sectoral effort to promote jobs,
guarantee rights at work, extend
social protection and promote
Salazar suggested that the most
feasible way forward was to refer
to the Global Jobs Pact (GJP) for-
mulated by 186 countries following
extensive discussions at the onset
of the financial crisis and mediated
by the ILO.
He said the exercise was a "huge
knowledge-sharing" process that
brought many possible solutions
and coping mechanisms to the
The GJP was adopted at the
International Labour Conference
in 2009 and undertook to retain
people in employment "as far as
possible", sustain small and medi-
um size enterprises, support job
creation and promote investments
in employment-intensive sectors,
including green jobs.
There was also an undertaking
to protect "the most vulnerable"
people and families affected by
the crisis, to accelerate the recovery
of employment and to "equip the
workforce with the skills needed
for today and tomorrow."
Salazar said the GJP "checklist"
was good as a guide to "the dif-
ferent policy response measures
that governments can use." This,
he said "also addresses the politics
He said that countries also need
"a good diagnostic" supported by
sound statistics, transparency and
"intensive dialogue." If this process
is followed, the ILO regional boss
said there will be "credibility for
the package of measures."
"This talk about making sacri-
fices is fine," he said, "everybody
is prepared to make sacrifices as
long as there is a feeling that there
is a fair distribution."
He however conceded that "this
is easy to say but not easy to do."
"You need a commitment and
you need good implementation.
Because the trust can be broken
not just in the moment of the for-
mulation of measures but also in
the implementation as time goes
by," Salazar said.
Importantly, Salazar said the
prescription for change is "not
just a matter of mitigating" the
impact of decline and that the
concept of neutral labour market
impact is not just about "the jus-
tice of distribution, but also a
sense of what comes next beyond
"You need a long-term horizon,"
He cited situations such as the
decline in national income from
oil and gas in T&T saying the sit-
uation calls for "confidence that
there is a national vision about
what needs to be done."
"Mitigate as much as possible
to the extent that you have fiscal
space," he suggested.
"Try to maintain the social pro-
grammes. Try to get unemploy-
ment training and retraining for
youth, women and vulnerable and
the ones most strongly hit."
"This time," Salazar said, "it s
not just financial (but) seems to
be a bit more permanent."
Economic diversification, he
urged, would be an important part
of the solution.
Coenjaerts said the island states
of the Caribbean however com-
prised very small economics, "so
when we talk about diversification
you really need to keep in mind
some of the particular challenges
that need to be overcome.
She mentioned diversification,
infrastructure, transportation and
"how you build scale."
This, she said was "somewhat
different than what happens in a
"I do also think there is scope
for looking at what has been
learned in certain countries and
what kind of policy packages have
been employed," she said.
"But it is no easy task."
From Page A13
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, February 22, 2016
Fast Company, a business and
technology publication, has
ranked Huawei as the 13th most-
innovative company in the world
for 2016. This is Huawei s third
time to be ranked within the Top
50 Most Innovative Companies.
Utilising Huawei s expertise in
mobile networks and devices,
expansive infrastructure of indus-
try partners and clients, the com-
pany has been able to establish
itself as the world s leading ICT
solutions provider and the third
largest smart phone manufacturer
"To be recognised by Fast Com-
pany for our efforts in innovation
is truly an honour," said Ryan
Ding, executive director and Pres-
ident of Products and Solutions.
"At Huawei, we re committed
to building a better connected
world and innovation is one of
our core principles. This recog-
nition is a positive affirmation
that the innovation we re trying
to provide globally, building better
societies and connecting the
unconnected is being recognised."
"Huawei s continuing invest-
ments in R&D are a point of pride
for the company, and they should
be," said Peter Jarich, vice pres-
ident at Current Analysis.
"Beyond a growth rate envied
by nearly all competitors, the
result has been a consistent
stream of customer-centric inno-
vations and technology leadership
that will only become more
important as network evolutions
"At Vodafone, while we invest
directly in innovation and research
ourselves, we also collaborate with
our partners to develop new tech-
"Working with Huawei in this
way helps magnify our in-house
R&D capabilities and allows us to
deliver better services to our cus-
tomers around the world," said
Matt Beal, Director of Architecture
and Innovation at Vodafone.
Huawei maintains a steadfast
commitment to achieving inno-
vation through R&D: It s one of
a handful of large technology
companies dedicating over ten per
cent of revenue to research and
Huawei s R&D expenditure
totaled US$6.6 billion in 2014. It
cumulatively spent more than
US$30.7 billion in R&D over the
last decade (2005-2014).
50 most innovative
Members of the recently-appointed board of governors of the Cipriani College of Labour and Co-
operative Studies are, from left, Andrea Mc Kenna-James, Aynsley Matthews, Trevor Johnson,
Davanand Sinanan, Labour Minister Jennifer Baptiste-Primus, chairman Dr Roosevelt Williams, Jennifer
Daniel and Bernard Cooper.
'The concept of decent work is exactly
what becomes relevant at this time'
Salazar said the GJP
"checklist" was good as a
guide to "the different
policy response measures
that governments can use."
This, he said "also
addresses the politics of
it."He said that countries
also need "a good
diagnostic" supported by
"intensive dialogue." If this
process is followed, the ILO
regional boss said there will
be "credibility for the
package of measures."
"Beyond a growth rate
envied by nearly all
competitors, the result has
been a consistent stream of
and technology leadership
that will only become more
important as network
---Peter Jarich, vice president
at Current Analysis
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