The global crisis has shrunk employment in many countries. Argentina is
an exception. What strategies has the Government used to maintain the
quantity of jobs while improving quality as well? How does this strategy
compare to other Latin American countries?
On the basis of a
decade as Minister of Labor and Social Security for the Government of Argentina (2003-2013), Carlos Tomada will present his country's
experience in a talk entitled "Creating Jobs in the Global Economic Crisis: Lessons from Latin America." Professor Jose Antonio Ocampo, professor of Economics, Columbia University and former UN Under-Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs will comment on this case in
relation to the experience of other Latin American countries. David Scobey, executive dean, New School for Public Engagement will deliver introductory remarks.
Tomada has worked in labor relations for 35 years, as a consultant,
researcher, manager, politician, and university professor. In his own
words, he is "a man of labor relations and collective bargaining." He is
a lawyer and holds graduates degrees in Industrial Relations and Labor
Problems, recognized by the International Labor Organization (ILO), the
universities of Castilla La Mancha (Spain) and Bologna (Italy). As
a consultant he has worked for the ILO, UNDP, and the Friedrich Ebert
Foundation on industrial relations and social dialogue. From 1989 to
1992 he was the private arbitrator appointed by both the unions and
employers to resolve conflicts in Argentina. He also participated in the
First World Summit of Labor Mediation, in Washington in 1997. From 2005
to 2006 he was Chairman of the Board of Directors of the ILO.
Currently, he chairs Argentina's National Council for Employment,
Productivity, and Minimum Wage.
Jose Antonio Ocampo served as Minister of
Economy and Minister of Agriculture in his native Colombia. He was
appointed Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission
for Latin America and the Caribbean, and later was named UN
Undersecretary General for Economic and Social Affairs. Mr. Ocampo was
one of three finalists for the position of President of the World Bank
in 2012. He is the author of many books and articles about the economic
performance of Latin American countries. Most recently he published The
Economic Development of the Latin America since Independence, together
with Luis Bertola.
Latin America on the Move Program is a series of debates and encounters
that take place in New York among Latin American and US leaders and
intellectuals in which they discuss the challenges and changes underway
in the region. Each year, the OLA brings together high-level political
and societal leaders to discuss how the region is changing, the
constraints and opportunities. These discussions are intended to provoke
asearch for alternative approaches to improve the lives of Latin
Americas, following the failure of neo-liberal economic policies to
generate sustained economic growth and social development