The Ministry of Trade, Energy and Employment, in collaboration with the CARICOM, has embarked on a four-day series of training sessions for key persons who are directly involved in the implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) Agreement.
This particular training session falls under Component 300 of the CARICOM Trade and Competitiveness Project which is being funded by the Government of Canada.
Some of the stakeholders who are expected to be part of the training session, which began here on Monday, are the Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce (DAIC), Labour Division, Police and Immigration, Customs and Excise Division, the Companies and Intellectual Properties office, Dominica Manufacturers Association, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Dominica Coalition of Services.
“Coming out of these activities we will have a more effective flow of information because one of the problems that CARICOM nationals have is that they don’t know what is happening, they don’t have information,” Consultant working with the CARICOM Secretariat, Barbara Jacob Small said during a press conference on Monday.
She continued, “This week we are hosting a series of work site meetings. We are actually meeting with the process owners, the people who will have to facilitate the public when they try to access the regimes of the CSME: free movement of skills, free movement of capital, free movements of goods and services.”
According to her, when Dominicans try to access these regimes, the agencies they visit will be able to facilitate them.
“We will be going to those agencies and taking the officers through every nuance of the relevant regimes. So they themselves feel more equipped and thereafter they can continue to keep the lines of communication opened with other different stakeholders,” Small explained.
She said the focus on the training session is to improve information flow on the CSME, in Belize, Guyana, Jamaica, Dominica, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada.
“A single market functions in a seamless manner and for it to function in a seamless manner it means that CARICOM nationals should be able to move freely, should be able to work, should be able to establish business in the single market without constraints or restrictions,” Small stated. “So really and truly the idea of a CARICOM national within that space is that many of the same rights and privileges that a company will enjoy within their national space, they should be able to enjoy it across the market.”