The Caribbean must be aware of how the world of work is changing if it is to be competitive in the global arena.
Minister of Labour and Social Partnership Relations, Colin Jordan underscored this as he addressed the 11th ILO Meeting of Caribbean Ministers of Labour at the Accra Beach Resort and Spa.
Mr. Jordan said there are myriad issues to contend with such as climate change, demographic changes, new and rapidly advancing technology, geopolitical issues affecting our nations and indeed globalization.
Added to those, there are the challenges of high unemployment, especially high youth unemployment, economic instability, crime and natural disasters.
The Labour Minister, in emphasizing that today's world of work was changing faster than before, added that, though the challenges still existed, there were opportunities.
He noted that issues and challenges had to be faced head on, and with a "laser-like focus on the implementation" of any strategies developed to take this country forward.