18 July 2013

G20 Labour Ministers Meeting with Social Partners

On July 18, 2013 the joint meeting of the G20 Labour Ministers and the social partners entitled "Social dialogue on labour and employment priorities for job creation" was held in Moscow. The representatives of business community and labour unions shared with the G20 Labour Ministers their vision of the priorities for employment and labour market development policies.

Discussion was focused on two major topics, namely, the role of trade unions and entrepreneurs in promoting economic growth, and creating quality jobs, including in small and medium enterprises. Within the above larger topics different viewpoints were presented on such issues, as reform strategies for growth and jobs, creating enabling environment for enterprises and entrepreneurship, improving employment versus fiscal consolidation. The delegates considered possible further steps aimed at increasing employability, reducing inequality and tackling informal employment, addressing demographic challenges, as well as enabling efficient labour activation policies, enhancing social protection and ensuring implementation of the G20 commitments.

*Media accreditation for the G20 Labour Ministers Meeting is also valid for the press conference on the results of the Joint G20 Finance and Labour Ministers Meeting, which will take place on July 19 in Manezh (Moscow).