Students and teachers in Clarendon, Jamaica, now have a better understanding of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), following an informational session on 14 March, 2017. More than 500 students from nine secondary schools in Clarendon – Bustamante High, Claude McKay High, Central High, Edwin Allen High, Kellits High, Knox Community College, Lennon High and May Pen High – attended the session at Clarendon College.
The activity was facilitated by Jamaica’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade in collaboration with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat. Specialist, Communications at the CARICOM Secretariat’s CSME Unit, Mr. Salas Hamilton, gave an overview on developments within CARICOM and CSME-related processes. He also focused on the CSME regimes and opportunities for careers, earning wages, self-employment and appreciating the Community as a single economic space.
Jamaica’s National CSME Focal Point, Ms. Symone Betton-Nayo, gave an update on that Member State’s participation in the CSME and the benefits that could be accessed within the regional framework. She indicated that the Ministry hoped to have a similar event in the coming months for the secondary schools in Eastern Jamaica.
The students and teachers who participated in Tuesday’s event stated that it was successful and that they would use the information they had garnered to assist with the topic on regional integration which is on the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) programme.
Students and teachers said they were much clearer about the CSME and appreciated the practical explanations given by the facilitators. They indicated that such interactive presentations on a regular basis could augment some of the concepts that were presented in text books. Some students stated they could now further appreciate that cross-border trade, the right of establishment and the movement of people was of benefit not only to Jamaica’s economic development but the Region as a whole. The students also shared concerns over reports heard in the media regarding challenges to hassle-free travel within the CARICOM.
The teachers indicated that they were planning to facilitate an annual activity on regional integration and the CSME.