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New ILO director for the Caribbean

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Costa Rican José Manuel Salazar Xirinachs has been appointed as the new Director of the International Labour Organization's (ILO) Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, underscoring the importance of promoting inclusive growth and creating more and better jobs.
"Inclusive growth must be high and sustained for decades. It has a broad base of dynamic sectors that create productive employment, reduce poverty and informality. That is the way to move towards a future of greater prosperity and social justice," Salazar said as he outlined his priorities for the region.
"The economic and social achievements of the past decade will not be sustainable under current policies. It will require us not only to redouble our efforts, but also to adjust growth and policy models to maintain the achievements and avoid a reversal," he added.
The new ILO official said the economic slowdown will "without any doubt impact labour markets in 2015 and in the years to come."
Salazar, who is currently in Geneva to participate in the 104th Session of the International Labour Conference of the ILO, said that a priority of his leadership for the ILO Regional Office will be to contribute to the promotion of a productive transformation that allows for more broadly diversified economic growth, generation of more and better jobs as well as a reduction of informality and poverty.
He said it will also be important to help remedy the deficit of institutional mechanisms for social dialogue in order to promote collective action and meet the challenges of productivity, informality, inequality and social exclusion.
Prior to assuming his role as Director of the ILO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean on Monday, Salazar served as Assistant Director-General of Policy, at ILO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland
Salazar joined the ILO in 2005 as Executive Director of the ILO’s Employment Sector in Geneva, at Assistant Director-General level, with overall responsibility for the work of the Organization on employment promotion.
He was also a former minister of trade in Costa Rica and also served as director of the Trade Unit of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington.

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