Director Dennis Zulu represents ILO Caribbean during ITCILO Academy on Labour Migration
24 July 2023
Global course covered several cross-cutting themes relevant to member States’ needs.
The recent session of the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITCILO) Academy on Labour Migration (LMA) included representation from this subregion through the participation of Mr. Dennis Zulu, Director of the ILO Caribbean Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean.
Held in Turin at the ITCILO campus between 10 and 21 July 2023, the LMA caters to officials from all over the world who are involved in labour migration issues. Participants benefit from a dynamic learning environment that provides a training package including electives tailored to their own needs and contexts. Courses explore fair and effective labour migration governance, linkages between migration and sustainable development, and instruments and mechanisms for protecting the rights of migrant workers, refugees, and their respective families, including in situations of crisis.
The training prioritised the exchange of good practices, experiences, and synergies between professionals from different countries with a particular emphasis on collaboration between two or more developing countries (countries of the South) through South-South Cooperation, which often enjoy the support of traditional partners (countries of the North) through Triangular Cooperation. Examples highlighted key topics related to labour migration such as formalisation of the informal economy, skills development and employment generation.
“Labour migration is a critical issue for Caribbean, which is characterised by relatively high migratory flows, which are not always orderly and regular. The opportunity to represent these topics during the Academy while learning new approaches and sharing knowledge will strengthen the readiness of the ILO Caribbean Office to provide support to member States and partners for the development of policies in effective management of labour migration and the protection of migrant workers’ rights,” explained Mr. Zulu.
During the LMA, Mr. Zulu was joined by over 40 policy-planners and officials from various governmental institutions and agencies involved in labour migration; as well as representatives of workers' and employers' organisations handling labour migration matters. Among these representatives were officials from Caribbean member States including The Bahamas, Guyana and Suriname.
The Academy also included representatives from international development agencies and regional economic communities as well as civil society groups working with migrant workers; representatives of diaspora and migrants' associations; academics; and journalists.
Other ILO officials in attendance included Ms. Vanessa Phala, Director of the ILO Country Office for Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone.