Dominica has provided support for regional integration and is fully committed to the integration process, according to Minister for Trade, Energy and Employment.
A two-day workshop is currently being held in Dominica to target media workers and spokespersons on the island to enhance knowledge on the CARICOM Single Market Economy (CSME) and in particular the five regimes; namely: free movement of persons, free movement of goods, free movement of skills, free movement of capital and the right of establishment.
The workshop is a collaborative effort of the Government of Dominica and the CARICOM Secretariat and is geared at improving the flow of information within the CARICOM Single Market and Economy CSME).
Douglas who was addressing the opening ceremony of the workshop held at the Fort Young Hotel on Monday, said there are tremendous benefits to be derived from citizens from the integration movement.
According to Douglas, the world is increasingly becoming globalized into trading blocks, “the EU and all of the other trading blocks that we have in the world today and as a result, we, as vulnerable economies, must remain together so that we can be stronger.”
He said, “We can either swim together or sink one by one.”
Douglas also stated that the single economic space between CARICOM has created more opportunities for trade.
“Any Dominican product or Dominican professional can move within and throughout the region free of any impediments as long as you have the CARICOM skills certificate,” he noted.
These opportunities have been created for hassle free travel and for the establishment of local businesses anywhere in the region without impediments.
“And this is why we in Dominica will support any and every effort towards the sensitization of the public on the elements of the Treaty of Chaguaramas and that is why the media personnel and spokespersons are so important to the process,” Douglas noted.
Meanwhile, Dominica’s Ambassador to the OECS and CARICOM, His Excellency Felix Gregoire, said CARICOM has achieved a lot in the free movement regime.
“We have been criticizing CARICOM over the years about lack of implementation and the slowness of the work that CARICOM is undertaking but when you actually take stock you will realize that CARICOM has achieve quite a bit, a lot has been achieved and a lot has been achieved in the free movement regime,” he stated. “We have free movement of persons and free movement of goods and a lot has been achieved.”
Mr. Gregoire said that is why CARICOM “is embarking on a series of workshops to publicize the work and to get persons to spread the word around.”