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Inter-American Council for Integral Development




September 26-27, 2005 5 October 2005

Mexico City, Mexico Original: Spanish



Advisory Committee on Labor Matters (CEATAL)

The Permanent Executive Committee of the Business Technical Advisory Committee on Labor Matters (CEATAL) met at 10:00 a.m. on September 26, 2005, in the framework of the XIV Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor. Representatives of different employers’ organizations and of the International Labour Organization attended. The Organization of American States was present in its capacity as technical secretariat to CEATAL.


The Chair, Mr. Daniel Funes de Rioja, called the CEATAL meeting to order and thanked the OAS and ACTEMP/ILO for providing the Committee with strong, unwavering support.

II.Adoption of the agenda

The Chair presented the proposed agenda for the meeting, which was adopted in its entirety.

III.Report of the Chair of CEATAL

Mr. Funes de Rioja noted that CEATAL’s participation had grown considerably in recent years. He expressed appreciation to the OAS for its commitment in that regard and for having provided CEATAL with an institutional framework that enabled it to be involved in IACML activities. He also expressed thanks for the support received from the ILO, in particular through ACTEMP, in both OAS and other forums, and recalled that the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) must continue to be included in this process as it has provided outstanding technical assistance to CEATAL.

Further, Mr. Funes underscored the active participation of CEATAL representatives in the working group meetings, the preparatory meetings for the XIV IACML, and the thematic workshops held since the XIII IACML. He recognized that while much had been achieved, much remained to be done. In particular, he pointed out that it was essential that the synergies achieved at summit meetings of the OAS and the ILO be reflected in concrete ACTEMP program activities, basically in the area of integration. ACTEMP activities must be brought into line with the OAS agenda or, in other words, the IACML agenda.
Likewise, he referred to the interaction with COSATE, which had also grown in recent years and which must continue to develop with a view to the identification of a set of common problems. In this regard, CEATAL must pursue a dialogue with workers at the level of the European social dialogue and must continue working to that end. Lastly, he spoke about the letter formalizing CEATAL, which would be forwarded to the OAS Secretary General at the joint meeting with COSATE. That letter not only listed the organizations that were members of CEATAL but also noted the commitment made by the business community to continuing to make a positive contribution to the success of the IACML’s work.
The Chair then opened the floor for comments.
Mr. Octavio Carjaval acknowledged and thanked Mr. Funes de Rioja for his work and underscored CEATAL’s increasing participation in IACML activities. He said that if CEATAL members were to continue to participate actively in the Conference’s events they must receive support from the ministries.
Mr. Funes de Rioja stated that it was essential for CEATAL to participate in the ILO American Regional Meeting, scheduled for April 2006. The OAS was following ILO guidelines, with increased emphasis on social issues, and the ILO should now develop closer working ties with the OAS.
Mr. Virgilio Mena noted that CEATAL’s success lay in translating objectives into concrete action plans and supported Mr. Funes’ suggestion to work with workers to come up with a common set of problems.
Mr. Francisco Pilotti, OAS representative, said two events in particular provided CEATAL with many opportunities and posed many challenges: the preparation of the Social Charter within the OAS and the recent signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the OAS and the ILO.

IV.Election of the Executive Committee

The CEATAL coordinator, Andrés Yurén of the International Organisation of Employers, proposed a slate of candidates for the Executive Committee, prepared on the basis of prior consultations with federations of employers.

It was proposed that the Chair be reelected, which was approved by acclamation. The meeting then unanimously approved Mr. Yurén’s proposal and as a result the Executive Committee of CEATAL was made up of the following:

Daniel Funes de Rioja, Unión Industrial Argentina

First Vice Chair:

Adam Green, United States Council for International Business

Second Vice Chairs:

Octavio Carvajal, Confederación de Cámaras Industriales de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos (CONCAMIN)

Virgilio Mena, Confederación Patronal de la República Mexicana (COPARMEX)

Dagoberto Lima Godoy, Confederación Nacional de Industria (CNI) of Brazil

Brian Burkett, Canadian Employers´ Council (CEC)

Armando Urtecho, Consejo Hondureño de la Empresa Privada (COHEP)

Marcel Meyer, Suriname Trade and Industry Association

Juan Mailhos, Cámara Nacional de Comercio y Servicios de Uruguay

Juan José Fraschini, Cámara de Industrias del Uruguay, alternate for Mr. Mailhos

José Luis Betancourt, Federación de Cámaras y Asociaciones de Comercio y Producción de Venezuela (FEDECAMARAS)


Andrés Yurén, International Organisation of Employers (IOE)

V.Considerations on the CEATAL statement to be presented to the ministers of labor

Mr. Funes de Rioja asked Mr. Rafael Gijón, representative of the ILO Bureau for Employers’ Activities, to present the joint COSATE-CEATAL draft Declaration.

Mr. Gijón emphasized that the Declaration adhered to the spirit of prior joint declarations but was much longer and more ambitious in scope. He highlighted the efforts made by the representatives of both bodies to achieve a consensus on the contents of the Declaration, which referred to many important topics and some practical matters, such as the Hemispheric Plan on Decent Work. In view of these efforts, he suggested to the participants that they approve the Declaration as presented. Mr. Gijón expressed his appreciation to Mr. Funes de Rioja and Mr. Andrés Yurén.
The participants adopted the joint Declaration as presented.

VI. Other business
In conclusion, the Chair said that in the next few days he would circulate a document containing proposals to be presented to the Summit of the Americas, in particular in the dialogue with the foreign ministers to be held in Mar del Plata on November 3. All CEATAL members are expected to make comments on that document.
Mr. Andrés Yurén took the floor to thank the OAS for its outstanding efforts at coordination and communication with the IOE regarding CEATAL participation in the IACML.
The meeting was adjourned at 11:00 a.m.

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