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Monday, November 30, 2009 -The Ministry of Labour, Information and Broadcasting in association with the office of the High Commission for the Countries of the OECS will be hosting the annual meeting of representatives of member states of the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Programme during the period December 7 11, 2009. 


The temporary labour programme allocates foreign workers to organisations in Canada for periods between six  weeks to eight months annually, in order to resolve the purported labour shortages in the horticultural sector in Canada. 


Participants will be representing member states among them Canada, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and Mexico. 


The objective of the meeting is to provide a forum in which government representatives of the participating countries meet with Canadian officials and employers, to discuss and negotiate aspects of the programme.


Approximately thirty-five delegates will be arriving in Saint Lucia for the meeting. The delegates include the OECS High Commissioner to Canada, High Commissioners to Canada from participating members states, president of the Foreign Agricultural Resource Management Services (F. A. R. M. S.)  based in Canada, ministers of labour from Jamaica, St. Vincent, Grenada and Barbados, permanent secretaries in the ministries of labour of Barbados and Jamaica and labour commissioners, among others.

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