Local stakeholders explore CSME legislation

Participants of the workshop will look at the CARICOM Bill in its entirety
Participants of the workshop will look at the CARICOM Bill in its entirety

A more harmonized CARICOM Single Market (CSME) legislation is the objective of a two-day compact discourse being held here among the private and public sector and CARICOM officials.

“At the end of the consultancy, they would have reviewed the draft legislation and present them to create a harmonization of legislation related to the five CSME regimes,” said Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Employment, Trade, Industry and Diaspora Affairs, Careen Prevost, at the start of the consultation on Thursday.

She said that before the stakeholders is the draft CARICOM Community Bill 2014 which aims to improve the legislative framework for implementing CSME regimes.

“Namely, we are here to discuss the rights of establishments, the right to provide a service, to move capital, and the right to move CARICOM nationals. The bill we are looking at will repeal and replace the legal frame work, which fail to implement the treaty comprehensively,” she pointed out.

Prevost mentioned further that complaints have been heard and the national consultancy, “really aims to look at the bill in its entirety and look at how the deficiencies can be addressed.”

Some of the deficiencies include: The immigration and passport act, the fisheries act, fiscal incentives, road traffic act, nurses registration, engineering, professions act among others.

“So there are number of areas which deal with rights of establishment and the rights of nationals to move. And we are very happy that we have a very good representation here today from the relevant department within the government which deals with these areas,” she noted.

Prevost stated that in 2013 a process looking at administrative reform and a consultancy was conducted to create best practice models and to deliver technical assistance to implement national CSME work plans.

“Today we are dealing with the second element of this project. We are looking at legislative reform and we are here over the next two days to participate in a consultancy to prepare draft model regulations for CSME regime,” she stated.

She remarked that the following activities have been completed under the 2013 consultancy:

-Progress reports for Dominica have been submitted containing a detailed description on the agenda for drafting for member states

-completed the analysis on the insufficiency of legislative regulatory and institutional landscape

– identified proposed interventions to be undertaken to address these deficiencies

Meantime Ambassador to the OECS and CARICOM Felix Gregoire said that CARICOM is making a “very concerted effort to work with the private sector because all the arrangements with respect to the CSME if the private sector doesn’t take advantage of those arrangements then we will not meet our objectives.”

“CARICOM is putting a lot of emphasis on that,” he said. “So today we meet here as mainly public officers, but tomorrow there is a session for the private sector and that will be the trend that CARICOM is going to follow, working closely with the private sector to ensure that we meet our objectives.”

He said that he hopes that at the end of the day there will be less complaints about CARICOM: where is and where it is headed.

The consultation, according to a CARICOM official is part of a broader package of technical assistance to member states to assist them to implement their CARICOM Single Market obligations.

Dominica is one of the first countries that these consultations are being held, and a few weeks later down a final draft is expected to be ready.




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  1. Dominica First
    May 2, 2014

    Erasmus, I picked this up on a blog; I see only higass in the future with these LDCs and MDCs.
    “Do not get me wrong i would CSME work like the EU. But we have 17 Numb Nuts who are to be setting the guidelines for our integration wrong from since the 1970′s. We all know their economic disparity amongst us and social issues which divide us. The lack of blunt open dialogue about our internal and external issues hinder us. Yes i have a problem with the number of guyanese nationals that are in Barbados. So does Trinidad but you just sweep it under the rug. As I have said Barbadians dont complain about people from St Kitts, Antigua, Dominica, Belize, Grenada or Suriname. I have yet to encounter these nationals in my country in any significant number. Dose it not seem strange to you that Trinidad soaked in petro dollars cannot seem to absorb the caricom work force. Or is it Trinidad is only for Trinidadians”

    Even Kenny Anthony that say he worried about Haiti being in that CSME, next thing they landing in his island by the thousands. Only Skerrit that very generous for his own selfish reasons; he wants to remain in office till 2050.

    May 2, 2014

    “A journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step”. Mao

  3. Erasmus B. Black
    May 1, 2014

    Per President Obama, you put lipstick on a pig, but it is still a pig. We can harmonize CSME legislation all we want, but the MDC and LDC labels within CARICOM will be with us always and ’tis no secret that the countries most affected by CSME will be the LDC’s. And for some of the MDC’s, CSME has become a very bitter pill to swallow.

  4. Anonymous
    May 1, 2014

    More talk and no action.

    Can you imagine how stagnant one would be if they ran their lives like these Caribbean governments?

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