CAFTA-DR: White Paper and Verification Reports

The Labor Dimension in Central America and the Dominican Republic, Building on Progress: Strengthening Compliance and Enhancing Capacity,” also known as the White Paper, is a report produced in 2005 by the Working Group of the Vice Ministers Responsible for Trade and Labor in the Countries of Central America and the Dominican Republic with help from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), following the signing of the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR). This report includes recommendations designed to make progress on labor law administration and capacity building and identify ways to improve enforcement and enhance labor institutions. The report identifies six key areas of focus for actions to improve workers’ rights and enhance capacity: labor law and its implementation; budget and personnel needs in Labor Ministries; strengthening the judicial system for labor law; protection against discrimination in the workplace; worst forms of child labor; and promoting a culture of compliance.

The International Labor Organization’s Verification Project, funded by the United States Department of Labor, was created to monitor the implementation of the White Paper commitments and released Verification Reports every six months between 2007 and 2010.

The White Paper

White Paper Verification Reports
Costa Rica Implementation Plan Verificiation Report
El Salvador Implementation Plan Verificiation Report
Guatemala Implementation Plan Verificiation Report
Honduras Implementation Plan Verificiation Report
Nicaragua Implementation Plan Verificiation Report
Dominican Republic   Verificiation Report