Reparations Baton passes to Antigua/Barbuda

(l-r) Ambassador Anthony Liverpool, Dr. Hillary Browne, Sydney Bartley.

Following stops in Barbados and Guyana, the CARICOM Reparations Commission’s baton makes a stop in Antigua and Barbuda where a Reparations Relay will be held as part of National Heroes Day celebrations next Wednesday.

The Baton was handed over by Dr. Hillary Browne, Programme Manager, Culture, CARICOM Secretariat, to Ambassador Anthony Liverpool of the Antigua/Barbuda Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the margins of the just ended Regional Services Sector symposium. Ambassador Liverpool represented Mr. Dorbrene O’Marde, Chairman of the Antigua and Barbuda Reparations Support Commission.

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Services Sector Stakeholders to present actionable plans to Antigua-Barbuda PM

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Services sector stakeholders from across the Region were Wednesday meeting in Working Groups to develop Strategies and Action Plans to carry priority areas of the sector forward over the next three years.

The public and private sector stakeholders have been in Antigua and Barbuda since Monday for a Regional Symposium on  Services.  Today’s  Working Groups are focusing on Professional Services, Single Registration, Health and Wellness Services, Tourism Services, Financial Services, Postal Services, Culture, ICT Services and the External Environment.

The ‘doable, actionable, practical strategies and action plans’ will be presented at tonight’s closing of the Symposium to Hon. Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda and Lead Head of Government for Services in CARICOM.

Suriname CYA’s embark on research to ascertain local youths’ information needs

Henk Alimahomed, director CRITI, handed over a document to Samaidy Akima, CYA of Suriname

The CARICOM Youth Ambassadors from Suriname, Eugenio Bruce and Samaidy Akima,  recently embarked on research from which the preliminary results revealed that  Surinamese youth  desired  more information about CARICOM.

A survey was conducted among more than 1,500 students from primary and secondary schools.

We’re not completely done with the analysis of the results. What we can already state is that there is more information needed about  CARICOM by this target group, “says Bruce.

To achieve this, the ambassadors and their youth officers visited various ministries and CARICOM institutions in Suriname to know what information about CARICOM is available and how they work together on projects.

We want to start or intensify the cooperation with these institutions and ministries. They are important partners that can provide enough information in the form of books, documents and folders, “Akima adds.

Projects will be implemented in the city and districts of Suriname to share the information with the Surinamese youth. The final results of the research will be published in December. Some of the ministries and institutions that were visited are the Ministry of Trade and Industry (CSME Department), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (CARICOM Department), Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA) and the Caribbean Regional Information and Translation Institute (CRITI). The CARICOM Youth Ambassadors have planned more visits later this year and in 2017.

Action mode – Regional services symposium targets ‘doable, practical’ strategies

Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Hon. Gaston Browne, who is the Lead Head of Government for Services in CARICOM, will this afternoon receive Strategies and Implementation Plans from regional services sector stakeholders for taking the sector forward.

The stakeholders have been meeting since Monday in Antigua and Barbuda on measures to repositition the sector. On Wednesday they formed themselves into groups to tackle specific areas including; Professional Services, Single Registration, Health and Wellness Services, Tourism Services, Financial Services, Postal Services, Culture, ICT Services, and the External Environment.

Timothy Odle of the Services Unit at the  CARICOM Secretariat reviews the work done to date: (VIDEO)

Creative mechanisms required to make service providers competitive – CARICOM Ambassador

Dr. Clarence Henry, Ambassador of Antigua and Barbuda to CARICOM

… there is need for us to turn the market access opportunities provided under the CSME, the OECS Economic Union and the EPA into market presence and penetration.

The challenge here is that many of our service providers are small micro enterprises that have significant internal capacity constraints.

The recommendations and Action Plan emanating from this Symposium should also address such difficulties. Creative technical and financial mechanisms must be established to address our structural innate business challenges that would enable our service providers to become competitive.

Dr. Clarence Henry, Ambassador of Antigua and Barbuda to CARICOM, addressing the Opening Ceremony, Regional Symposium on the Services Sector, 17-19 October, Antigua and Barbuda.

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