Regional Nursing Body Meets in Guyana

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Nurses from across the Caribbean Community are currently gathered at the CARICOM Secretariat for the Forty-Fourth General Meeting of the Regional Nursing Body. The meeting got underway on Tuesday with an opening ceremony and will continue until Friday August 11, 2017. (more…)

113 graduate from Guyana School of Agriculture

Best overall graduating student, Ms. Narifa Mokhan recieving her award from Permanent Secretary (ag), Mrs Joylyn Nester-Burrowes
Best overall graduating student, Ms. Narifa Mokhan recieving her award from Permanent Secretary (ag), Mrs Joylyn Nester-Burrowes

The Guyana School of Agriculture (GSA) held its 53rd graduation exercised on 9 August 2017. The ceremony, at which 113 students were awarded in various capacities, was held at the school’s Plant Science Building, Mon Repos, East Coast, Demerara.

Progamme Manager, Agriculture and Industry, Ms. Nisa Surujbally, represented the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat.

Students graduated with Diplomas in Agriculture, Animal Health and Veterinary Public Health; Certificates in Agriculture and Forestry.

The best overall graduating students for each of the programmes offered are:

Nafira Mokhan – Diploma in Agriculture (Mon Repos campus) (more…)

 

CET, Rules of Origin critical to viability, competitiveness of indigenous industries – Review Consultation hears

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The protection of indigenous industries to ensure their viability and competitiveness on the global market and the harmonisation of rates across CARICOM were among the key concerns raised at a Consultation on the revision of CARICOM’s two trade instruments.

The trade and revenue instruments are the CARICOM Common External Tariff (CET) and the Rules of Origin.

At the brief opening ceremony of the one-day Consultation on 25 July, 2017, at the CARICOM Secretariat, CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General, Trade and Economic Integration, Mr.Joseph Cox called for frank discourse against the background that the CET in its current format, was not sustainable and was not serving the purpose for which it was originally intended.

He said order, structure and modernisation were necessary for the instruments to work for the Region.

Regional stakeholders at the Consultation acknowledged the importance of the CET and the RoO to the economic growth of the Region. They recommended the careful consideration of derogations of the CET on some products, as well as the implementation of a modernised and simplified version of the Rules of Origin.

Consultant, Mr. Dan Ciuriek, said that the review of the regime was to ready it for free circulation, a fully functioning CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), and to be effective as a springboard into the global economy.

Listen as Mr. Bernard Black, Senior Project Officer, Customs and Trade Policy at the CARICOM Secretariat, provides some insight into the discussion and the next steps that are to be taken.

Regional education sector gets technological boost with launch of CXC Connect

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Did you know that CXC students can now access their examination results via mobile devices such as cell phones and tablets?

The education sector recently got this technological boost with the launch of a new App by the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) called CXC Connect, which gives students, parents and teachers the ability to access CXC results as well as a host of other information via the click of a button on a mobile device. The app is being launched in four CARICOM Member States, namely, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and Guyana. The first launch event was held in Barbados. Check out the clip below for highlights from the event as well as an explanation of how you can access examination results using the App.

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App development critical to Single ICT Space – CARICOM official

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The development of applications such as the recently launched CXC Connect, is critical to the CARICOM Single ICT Space.

Speaking at the Guyana launch of the application on Monday, 31 July, 2017, Deputy Programme Manager ICT4D at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, Ms. Jennifer Britton said that the Single ICT Space was one of the initiatives undertaken by the CARICOM Secretariat which linked strongly to the launch and utility of CXC Connect.

“The Single ICT space is a major transformational project for the CARICOM region.  It will provide and support the digital layer of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).  Apps which provide and use CARICOM content are of singular importance to the Single ICT space”, she said at the launch, which was held at the Giftland Mall at Turkeyen.

The App, the first mobile application of the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) – a CARICOM Institution –  has a newsfeed which pulls content from CXC social media spaces with push notifications for specific messages. With the App, students, parents and teachers can use their mobile devices to check examination results which will be available in August. There is also a chat feature which appears in five discussion categories and connects users to a CXC agent. Other features of the App include a frequently asked questions library, new subject releases. CXC Connect is designed for Android and iOS devices, including mobile phones and tablets, and can be downloaded from the Apple Store and the Google Play Store.

Alluding to emerging trends in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), Ms. Britton said that is was evident that Apps were the “oxygen of the Internet and the Internet Economy.”
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