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With the adhesion of Antigua and Barbuda and Saint Kitts and Nevis

New Anglophone Caribbean Member Countries strengthen the Regional Initiative free of child labour

In the framework of the 19th American Regional Meeting of the ILO, which concludes today in Panama, Antigua and Barbuda and Saint Kitts and Nevis signed the Act formally signaling their adhesion to the Regional Initiative Latin America and the Caribbean free of child labour. 

The Regional Director of the ILO, Jose Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs, received the Acts of accession signed by the Honourable Steadroy Benjamin, Minister of Legal Affairs, Justice, Social Security and Labour of Antigua and Barbuda, and by the Honourable Vance Amory, Premier of Nevis and Minister of Nevis Affairs, Labour, Social Security and Ecclesiastical Affairs,for St. Kitts and Nevis. 

With their inclusion, the Regional Initiative now comprises 30 Countries from across the Hemisphere, further strengthening not only the mission and work of the Regional Initiative, but also the participation of the English-speaking Caribbean countries. 

The next step for both countries will be the appointment of a country representative to the Focal Points Network which consists of government’s representatives and representatives of employers' and workers' organizations. 

The accession of Antigua and Barbuda and Saint Kitts and Nevis demonstrates the political will and commitment within the Caribbean community to tackle child labour through joint, collaborative, tripartite actions as part of an effective strategy towards the achievement of both national and regional goals.

The increasing involvement of the English-speaking Caribbean countries in actions against child labour is also attributed in part to the impact of the innovative working model used by the Regional Initiative, which has succeeded in reducing language barriers and in bringing the Caribbean experience and knowledge to the fore, fostering more in-depth South-South Cooperation and the Caribbean countries’ active and visible participation alongside the rest of Latin American countries.

For information on the situation of children in these countries, please see:

Antigua and Barbuda: https://www.unicef.org/easterncaribbean/ECA_A_and_B_SitAn.pdf

Saint Kitts and Nevis: https://www.unicef.org/easterncaribbean/ECAO_St._Kitts_Sitan_2017.pdf