Key local stakeholders including staff within the Labour Department, the Statistics Division, Antigua and Barbuda Social Security Board, Ministry of Education, Trade Unions, the National Training Agency, and the Immigration Department have completed training on the “CARICOM LMIS.STAT” Platform. Held over two-days, the sessions were a continuation of the training on the “.stat” tool for system and data administrators facilitated by CARICOM across the region.
In June 2016, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was established between the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and CARICOM which authorises CARICOM and its Member States to use the “.Stat” product for the implementation of a regional labour market information system (LMIS). With the approval of the list of indicators the CARICOM Secretariat has started the launch of the second mission. This mission is to train System Administrators, that is, persons whose duty will be the day to day administration, configuration and maintenance of the CARICOM LMIS.Stat and Data Administrators who will be responsible for the uploading of data to the LMIS.Stat as well as maintaining it.
The CARICOM LMIS.Stat is a platform in which CARICOM countries will publish labour market statistical data of the region. The training on the use of labour market information in policy making was held in Antigua and Barbuda during the period November 20-24, 2016. The delivery of equipment under this project took place this year, and then a consultant from the CARICOM Secretariat visited each Member State to install the equipment during the month of July 2017.
In preparation for both missions, regional consultations on the design of the LMIS were held in October and November 2015. It was at these consultations that it was agreed that the IT tool to be used for the LMIS would be the “.stat”, which was maintained by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Statistical Information System Collaboration Community (SIS-CC), of which the ILO is a member.
Going forward, the CARICOM Secretariat recognises that Member States will require further assistance in building capacity to conduct the surveys and statistical analyses for the LMIS. Therefore, the Secretariat has sought further funding assistance under the Eleventh EDF to assist in this regard. •