CARICOM Official lauds work of Regional Cultural Committee

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Ms. Myrna Bernard, Director, Human Development, CARICOM Secretariat speaking during the opening ceremony of the Twenty-Fifth Meeting of the Regional Cultural Committee of the Caribbean Community,
Ms. Myrna Bernard, Director, Human Development, CARICOM Secretariat speaking during the opening ceremony of the Twenty-Fifth Meeting of the Regional Cultural Committee of the Caribbean Community,

Director of Human Development at the CARICOM Secretariat, Ms Myrna Bernard, on Wednesday lauded the Regional Cultural Committee (RCC) for its many achievements over the past two decades.

Ms. Bernard was speaking at the opening ceremony of the Twenty-Fifth Meeting of the Regional Cultural Committee at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana, 21-23 July, 2017. Ms. Myrna Bernard  said the RCC was instrumental in developing a Regional cultural policy in 1994, and noted that the policy still served as a reference document and a model for cultural policies in some Member States where policies are still being developed.

In fact, the vision of the Ideal Caribbean Person, detailed in that document, has served as a foundation to guide many a strategy and conversation on Human Development. The Conference of Heads in 1997 adopted it during their deliberations on HRD; in 2010, the CARICOM Commission on Youth Development CCYD updated and used it as basis for informing the Paramaribo Youth Strategy, and the most recent (2017) Development of the CARICOM HRD 2030 Strategy, has also used that conceptualisation of the Ideal Caribbean Person.

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Put your money where your mouth is! – Barbados Culture Minister

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Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth of Barbados, the Hon. Stephen Lashley, is of the view that regional Governments needed to redirect some of their resources to the cultural industries if they were truly interested in regional economic expansion and development.

He said funding that was going to some traditional sectors that may not necessarily be bringing in the returns that were needed could be diverted to the cultural industries. The Minister was speaking at the opening ceremony of the Twenty-Fifth meeting of the Regional Cultural Committee at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana, 21-23 July, 2017.

In his remarks, Minister Lashley pointed out that when the CARICOM Heads of Government met at the Twenty-Sixth Inter-Sessional Meeting in The Bahamas in February, 2015, they recognised that cultural and creative industries represented a sector with great potential to contribute to the economic development of the Region. According to the Minister, the Heads reaffirmed the significance of the cultural and creative industries to CARICOM integration, to the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), for cultural identity, diversity and youth engagement. He said they also agreed to place greater emphasis on a development pathway based on knowledge and the creative economy and by leveraging the human, cultural and national assets of the Community, for development in all its dimensions. (more…)

CARICOM border officials commend CSME training

CARICOM Border officials with CARICOM Secretariat Members of Staff
CARICOM Border officials with CARICOM Secretariat Members of Staff

Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Immigration and Customs Officers took the opportunity this week to discuss CARICOM Single Market and Economy processes at a training workshop. The two-day session in Barbados sought to ensure there was common understanding of the Free Movement of Persons regime. Participants were also involved in training in Customer Service and the Right of Establishment and Provision of Services.

There was representation from all Member States who are significantly participating in the CSME and some officials were engaged on-line. The training took place at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Conference Centre with support from the 10th European Development Fund and ended yesterday 14 June 2017.

In the wrap-up comments, participants commended the timeliness of the activity and the information received. They also highlighted networking and sharing experiences as a useful tool for implementation of obligations within the CSME.

Participants committed to ensuring follow-up activities are implemented within their home state as they engage peers via the development and execution of training. This is expected to assist with maintaining and reinforcing capacity within Member States.

 

CYAs prioritise agriculture and education for the upcoming year

CARICOM Youth Ambassadors (CYAs) last week visited the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana for an Orientation and Capacity-Building workshop. The purpose of the workshop was to help the CYAs familiarise themselves with their duties and to introduce them to the staff at the CARICOM Secretariat, as well as help them to devise specific plans through which they can conduct their duties as Youth Ambassadors for the Region. Coming out of the workshop, the CYAs determined that they would focus on two keys areas – agriculture and education.

Incoming Dean of the CYA Corps, Andre Brown of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, gives more details of their plan in the video below. Stay tuned for more information on the workshop and how the Youth Ambassadors intend to implement their working plans.

 

Plans for implementation of CARICOM HRD Strategy moving ahead

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Plans for the implementation of CARICOM Human Resource Development Strategy continue to move forward with the recent hosting (30 May-1June, 2017) of a Workshop that was geared at outlining specific ways in which the process would be tackled. Human Resource Development professionals gathered in Guyana for the workshop at the Guyana Marriott Hotel in Georgetown.

Check out the video below for the details on the issues that were discussed and some of the strategies that were formulated.