On June 3-4, 2013 the Second G20 Task Force on Employment (ETF) Meeting was held in St.Petersburg.
The participants discussed the preparatory process for the G20 Labour Ministers' Meeting and Labour Ministers' Meeting with Social Partners, scheduled for July 18-19, 2013. The representatives of the Labour 20 and Business 20 presented their positions on the main topics and issues to be considered during the forthcoming G20 Labour Ministers' Meeting with Social Partners, and discussed their recommendations on employment with the Task Force members.
Russian Deputy Minister of Labour and Co-Chair of the ETF Alexei Vovchenko commented that the meeting of the G20 Labour Ministers with the social partners will be focused on two topics: Creating Good Jobs in the G20 countries including in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises and Trade Unions and Entrepreneurs' Role in Development of Flexible Labor Markets for Job Creation.
The Task Force also discussed draft reports, prepared jointly with the international organizations, to be further presented to the Labour Ministers, as well as other draft papers for the Ministerial Meeting.
Margaret Kidd, Co-Chair of the ETF and Group Manager at the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (Australia), emphasized the role of international organizations in preparing country specific materials based reports on progress achieved in implementing previous commitments, as well as on best practice strategies in job creation and labour activation. "These reports are a valuable demonstration of the actions that our countries have taken to support jobs. They also help to identify possible gaps in our strategies going forward," Margaret Kidd said.
One of the main issues on the ETF Meeting agenda was the preparation for the Joint G20 Finance and Labour Ministers' Meeting, scheduled for July 19, 2013, and consideration of the draft Joint Ministers' Statement. Meeting in such a format will be convened for the first time in the G20's history, being an important innovation of the Russian Presidency. Its viability is suggested by the G20 members' decisiveness to deliver integrated labour market policy commitments, including not only employment policies, but also stimulating job creation through investment and development of financial institutions defining the investment climate in the G20 countries.
The joint meeting of heads of the ETF delegations and Deputy Finance Ministers will be held on June 5. Margaret Kidd noted that the Task Force on Employment Co-Chairs Meeting with G20 Finance Deputies Meeting would also be a new working format. "It is important that the Task Force on Employment and the Finance track develop a common understanding of the challenges that we are working on and support a productive Joint meeting of the G20 Labour and Finance Ministers in July", she added.