Jamaica’s CSME official updated on Barbados’ progress

Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator Darcy Boyce (centre) meets Jamaica’s CSME Focal Point, Symone Betton-Nayo (right) on the first day of a five-day visit to Barbados under the 10th European Development Fund. Also present were: (from left) Economist I, Rhea Clarke-Mason; Chief Research Officer, Paula Byer; Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office, Sonja Welch and Barbados’ Ambassador to CARICOM, Robert ‘Bobby’ Morris. Missing is Permanent Secretary (Defence and Security), Timothy Maynard. (Photo by A. Miller via BGIS)
Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator Darcy Boyce (centre) meets Jamaica’s CSME Focal Point, Symone Betton-Nayo (right) on the first day of a five-day visit to Barbados under the 10th European Development Fund. Also present were: (from left) Economist I, Rhea Clarke-Mason; Chief Research Officer, Paula Byer; Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office, Sonja Welch and Barbados’ Ambassador to CARICOM, Robert ‘Bobby’ Morris. (Photo by A. Miller via BGIS)

Barbados is doing its part to ensure that this country meets its obligations under the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).

This was underscored recently by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Senator Darcy Boyce, as he met with Jamaica’s CARICOM Single Market and Economy Focal Point representative, Symone Betton-Nayo.  Mrs. Betton-Nayo is in Barbados on a five-day official visit as part of an internship exchange programme which is organised by the CARICOM Secretariat in association with the Prime Minister’s Office.

The meeting, which took place at Government Headquarters, was chaired by Minister Boyce, and included Barbados’ Ambassador to CARICOM, Robert ‘Bobby’ Morris; Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office, Sonja Welch; Permanent Secretary (Defence and Security), Timothy Maynard; and Chief Research Officer, Paula Byer.

In his remarks, Senator Boyce said: “I am one of the people who believe that the [CARICOM] Community is developing very nicely from the background of the number of people we process through our airport who go in and out without difficulties. From the number of CSN’s (CARICOM Skilled Nationals) that we issue and the very few that we reject.”

Jamaica’s CARICOM Single Market and Economy Focal Point representative, Symone Betton-Nayo with Barbados’ Ambassador to CARICOM, Robert ‘Bobby’ Morris. (Photo by A. Miller via BGIS)
Jamaica’s CARICOM Single Market and Economy Focal Point representative, Symone Betton-Nayo with Barbados’ Ambassador to CARICOM, Robert ‘Bobby’ Morris. (Photo by A. Miller via BGIS)

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Introducing banana pasta

Tonya Ifill preparing another batch of green bananas. (Photo by Ricardo Leacock via Barbados Nation)
Tonya Ifill preparing another batch of green bananas. (Photo by Ricardo Leacock via Barbados Nation)
‘Anything you do with normal flour you can do with banana flour. You are replacing the white flour with a healthy alternative. It has a sweet taste but there’s no sugar. I’ve found that when you dry out products, you get a little sweetness.’ – Tonya Ifill
IF ONE ENTREPRENEUR has her way, more consumers will be setting aside their wheat, cassava and sweet potato products for those made with green bananas.

Tonya Ifill, owner and operator of Carlesa’s Enterprises pioneered flour and pasta made from the unripened fruit. Ifill was attending Agrofest when she spoke with BARBADOS BUSINESS AUTHORITY.

She got the idea while participating in an agro-processing course at the Guyana School of Agriculture. As a group project, participants had to come up with a product that was new to the South American country.

“I did sweet potato and brown rice pasta and got my cousin to export a pasta machine from Canada and I was ready. When I came back [to Barbados], I was looking for something different to work with instead of the same sweet potato and cassava. I researched green bananas, asked around for some and started my trials and it took off from there,” she said.

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Barbados hosts Jamaica’s CSME Focal Point

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat continues its drive to ensure the smooth operation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). It is set to begin the second leg of an internship exchange between the CSME Focal Points of Barbados and Jamaica. Jamaica’s National CSME Focal Point, Ms. Symone Betton-Nayo, will be hosted by Barbados’s Office of the Prime Minister from March 20 – 24, 2017. The objective of the exchange programme is to increase understanding of how CSME-related processes are carried out in participating member states. Barbados’ CSME Focal Point, Ms. Paula Byer, visited Jamaica last week (March 6 -10). The activity is facilitated under the 10th European Development Fund, (EDF) CSME Economic Integration Programme.

Ms. Betton-Nayo will visit a range of governmental, regional and private sector organisations that are involved in the operations of the CSME in Barbados. These entities include the Barbados Accreditation Council, the Customs and Excise Department, the CSME Unit,  CARICOM’s Office of Trade Negotiations, the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) and Sandals.

Barbados’ CSME Focal Point, Ms Paula Byer, and her team are coordinating the schedule of activities and will accompany Ms. Betton-Nayo as she engages the various entities on the processes related to the CSME. The intention is for Ms. Betton-Nayo to get a hands-on and in-depth understanding of how CSME process owners in Barbados implement the Single Market in the national context. She will also observe the best practices and challenges encountered at the local level.

At the conclusion of the CSME Focal Point Exchange between these two Member States, it is hoped that the increased knowledge and understanding gained will result in CARICOM nationals having an improved experience as they seek to access their rights under the various regimes. The Secretariat intends to extend the programme to other CARICOM Member States in this valuable exchange activity.

 

 

Clarendon students, teachers in CSME session

 

Jamaica's CSME Focal Point, Ms. Symone Betton-Nayo interacts with students
Jamaica’s CSME Focal Point, Ms. Symone Betton-Nayo interacts with students

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. (more…)