SER St. Maarten re-elected to Intl. Board of AICESIS | THE DAILY HERALD

SER Chairman Damian Richardson and Secretary-General, Gerard Richardson.

SER Chairman Damian Richardson on the ILO panel.

PHILIPSBURG–Social Economic Council SER St. Maarten was re-elected to the board of the International Association of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions AICESIS during its General Assembly in Romania on October 9.

“This is yet another outstanding achievement for St. Maarten that allows our country to participate on major decision-making policies and regulations on an international platform,” SER said in a press statement.

AICESIS is a worldwide organisation representing more than 70 member states from four different continents. AICESIS functions as an important international organisation for social and economic policy.

SER St. Maarten was reappointed to the board of AICESIS for the second time since 2015. St. Maarten will represent the region of Latin America and the Caribbean together with members the Dominican Republic and Curaçao.

SER St. Maarten’s membership on the board means that St. Maarten has a voice in regard to various socio-economic subject matters affecting the region of the Caribbean and Latin America, SER said. “SER St. Maarten now has the opportunity to propose, present and negotiate policy proposals with various member states which each member can use to advise its respective government. These proposals should ultimately serve to benefit the people of St. Maarten. For example, with respect to changes in labour regulations, St. Maarten could adapt new ideas related to technological change; these changes should be in line with the changes in labour and social protection legislation and the governing accord of the government of St. Maarten,” SER said.

“The re-election of St. Maarten on the AICESIS board, serves as an example that after the devastation of the country due to Hurricanes Irma and Maria, SER St. Maarten is once again ready to expand on its local responsibilities to the people of St. Maarten to an international level.”

In Bucharest, the countries from four continents gathered to discuss social and economic topics, exchange best practices and plan future activities. The delegation from St. Maarten consisted of SER chairman Damien Richardson and Secretary-General Gerard Richardson.

During the General Assembly, members of AICESIS voted to install the new board for the years 2019-2021. The president of the Economic, Social, Environment and Cultural Council of the Ivory Coast Charles Koffi Diby was elected President of the international board of AICESIS.

On October 10, AICESIS teamed up with the International Labour Organisation (ILO). Topics of concern were Governance of the Digital Economy and the Strategic Role of Social Dialogue through the Social Economic Councils. One of the objectives of the conference was to publicize and share with ILO, the activities of the institutions on these issues. Various countries, through presentations, shared their views and concerns on the topic. In addition to the general framework of changes related to the future of work, specific issues related to the effects of the digital economy (platform economy and changing social regulations) were also examined.

Richardson participated in the panel discussion and gave a brief presentation on the importance of manufacturing change focusing on diversification of the technological industry and the tools that should be implemented to evaluate and achieve such goals to foster opportunities that affect the various levels of environmental and human experience.

Source: The Daily Herald