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International Labour Organization and Chamber join up for two-day workshop

Posted: Tuesday, November 21, 2017. 9:24 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) came together today for the first of a two-day workshop focusing on the importance of social dialogue and business continuity after a natural disaster.

The BCCI and ILO held the workshop at the BBCI’s Belize City office on Coney Drive, gathering members from organizations such as the Belize Coalition of Service Providers, National Trade Union Congress of Belize, Association of Public Service Senior Managers, Labour Department, and individual members of the chamber.

The workshop forms a part of a larger tour conducted by the ILO to sensitize countries in the region about the importance of social dialogue, which is the collaboration of stakeholders on a given issue to formulate plans and policies relating to that issue. The natural disaster aspect of the workshop forms a part of the chamber’s mandate to foster a good business climate in Belize.

“If social dialogue collapses, democracy collapses with it,” explained Kim Aikman, Chief Executive Officer of the BCCI.

Aikman went on to say that the natural disaster component is important because Belize is prone to natural disasters however not many businesses include continuity after natural disasters in their business plans. She added that the workshop extends beyond just hurricanes to encompass all natural disasters.

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