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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Governments of Canada and the Dominican Republic Announce the Conclusion of Labour Cooperation Agreement Negotiations

The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Canada's Labour Minister, and the Honourable Francisco Dominguez Brito, Dominican Republic's Minister of Labour, today announced the successful conclusion of labour cooperation negotiations between the two countries.

"The Government of Canada is committed to maintaining strong relationships and continued dialogue with our partner countries," said Minister Raitt. "Our government is happy to have worked closely with the Dominican Republic's Ministry of Labour to develop the first global stand-alone Labour Cooperation Agreement."

"It is a great honour for the Dominican Republic to conclude this agreement and to confirm, once again, the country's commitment to complying with norms related to fair and decent work," said Mr. Dominguez Brito. "Canada is a great friend of the Dominican people and we are proud to share a common respect for these labour principles."

The Canada-Dominican Republic Agreement on Labour Cooperation is one of the most comprehensive labour cooperation agreements to date and the first globally to enforce labour obligations that are not linked to a free trade agreement.

Canada and the Dominican Republic have established a strong and highly effective working relationship through participation in the Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labour (IACML). Since 2009, the Dominican Republic has received nearly $645,000 in labour-related technical assistance programming from the Government of Canada.

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Source: Market Watch

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