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Consultative Association of Guyanese Industry

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Welcome to the official website of the Consultative Association of Guyanese Industry Limited (CAGI). CAGI is the recognised employers organization in Guyana and represents the interest of many employers throughout Guyana. Its membership is comprised of major companies and corporations, as well as small and medium size enterprises both in the private and public corporate sectors.

One of the key responsibilities of CAGI is active lobbying to influence national labour policy, labour legislation, wage fixing, codes of practice and improved productivity. Read more about CAGI

Current Information

ILO launches employer and trade union guides on the CARIFORUM-EC Economic Partnership Agreement

The International Labour Organization (ILO), Office for the Caribbean, has published two user-friendly guides on the CARIFORUM-European Community (EC) Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) for use by Caribbean employers and trade unionists.

"A Guide for Caribbean Employers on the CARIFORUM-European Community Economic Partnership Agreement" and "A Guide for Caribbean Trade Unionists on the CARIFORUM-European Community Economic Partnership Agreement" are aimed to contribute to a better understanding of the provisions of the EPA and in particular the social and labour dimensions of the Agreement.

The CARIFORUM-EU EPA was signed on 15 October 2008 by the majority of CARIFORUM States (14 CARICOM Member States and the Dominican Republic). The Agreement is a trade and development agreement between the CARIFORUM States and the European Community and its 27 Member States. It includes commitments of access for service providers and investors in goods and services, in addition to trade in goods.

A key component of the EPA is its inclusion of social and labour provisions in a dedicated chapter on Social Aspects. In Articles 191-196, the Parties to the Agreement reaffirm their commitment to internationally-recognized core labour standards, as defined by relevant ILO Conventions and to the promotion of full employment and decent work. It also highlights the value of greater policy coherence between trade policies, and employment and social policies.

The Guides were developed in response to requests to the ILO by umbrella employers' organizations and trade unions in the Caribbean for support to raise awareness of the CARIFORUM-EC EPA among their members. A series of three training workshops were held in collaboration with the Office of Trade Negotiations of the CARICOM Secretariat for employers'
representatives and trade unionists, from September 2009 to February 2010 in the Bahamas, Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago.

The Guides were prepared by leading trade negotiators, Dr. Kusha Haraksingh, Lead Negotiator for Legal and Institutional Issues, College of Negotiators for the CARIFORUM-EC EPA and Chairman, CARICOM Competition Commission, and Mr. Larry Placide, President of the Trinidad
and Tobago Coalition of Services Industries.

The Guides are also available electronically at www.ilocarib.org.tt/trade