Harmonised procedures necessary for full economic integration – CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General tells customs officials

Harmonised approaches to conducting trade across borders in the Caribbean, and effective customs valuation, are among the steps that must be taken towards full economic integration within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General, Trade and Economic Integration, Mr. Joseph Cox, said on Monday that harmonised laws, procedures and best practices would increase the predictability with intra-regional movement of goods under the CARICOM Single Market and within the context of the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).

He was at the time addressing the opening ceremony of a three-day regional workshop targetting Customs officials from across Caribbean Forum of African Caribbean and Pacific States (CARIFORUM) member states. The workshop on the Single Administrative Document (SAD) and Customs Valuation, is aimed at building capacity in CARIFORUM. The sessions are being held at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana.

The Workshop is being facilitated by Mr. Paul Hilaire, Team Leader, and Mr. Martin Wilde, Customs expert and is part of a Project under the ACP TradeCom II Programme funded by the European Union. It has as one of its outcomes, the development of a regional SAD pursuant to Chapter 4 of the EPA, and capacity-building, which requires the promotion of regional integration, and the progressive development of systems to facilitate the electronic exchange of data among traders, customs administrators and related agencies and the implementation of a CARIFORUM SAD.

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Regional Poultry Association keen on achieving CSME goals

A team from the CARICOM Secretariat met members of the CARICOM Poultry Association (CPA) on Monday, April 9, 2018, to ascertain how the two sides could work together to achieve the goals of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).

The CPA’s mandate is to promote the socio-economic development of the Region through the development, growth and expansion of the Caribbean poultry industry and to create linkages.

The meeting at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana, was an opportunity for the CPA to share its vision, progress and challenges in the industry. The meeting was held at a time when the Secretariat is continuing efforts to broaden the conversation with the Region’s Private Sector to optimise the latter’s output and sustainability.

With much emphasis placed on food security, rural development and the reduction of the Region’s $4B food import bill, the meeting was timely for both parties. Poultry meat accounts for more than 80 per cent of meat consumed in the Region. Most of the poultry meat and eggs consumed within CARICOM comes from CPA member organisations, with self-sufficiency hovering at about 67 per cent for meats and close to 100 per cent for eggs. The industry produces about 243 000 metric tonnes of poultry, 122 million dozen eggs per year, accounts for the employment of more than 100,000 persons and annual sales of US$660M.

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CARIFORUM to host Regional Consultation on effective platforms for Wider Caribbean Dialogue in Barbados this week

CARIFORUM’s Director General Mr Percival Marie will address the Opening of the Consultation

The Caribbean Forum of the Group of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States (CARIFORUM) will be hosting a consultation to assess the development of a Framework for an effective platform for structured and continuous dialogue between CARIFORUM and French Caribbean Outermost Regions (FCORs) and British and Dutch Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs). The consultation is being held at the Radisson Barbados, April 11-12, 2018.

According to Director General of CARIFORUM, Mr. Percival Marie, “the Regional Consultation serves to examine CARIFORUM’s relationship with the FCORs and the OCTS, which was previously promoted through four Thematic Task Forces (TTFs) in the areas of Natural Disaster Management, HIV/AIDS, Trade and Investment, and Interconnection.” (more…)

CXC to conduct region-wide training for teachers for CAPE’s Green Engineering Subject

Kingston, JAMAICA – In efforts to build the Caribbean’s capacity in the delivery of the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE)’s Green Engineering Syllabus, CXC will be hosting a three day boot camp in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

The boot camp which scheduled for the April 4-6, 2018 will see participants from thirteen CARICOM Member States and Associate Members. The main objective of the boot camp is to familiarise teachers with the resources that have been recently created to support the implementation of the CAPE Green Engineering Syllabus.

Earlier this year educators from six Caribbean territories; Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago met in Kingston, Jamaica to develop a range of digital resources at a three day capacity-building workshop that was intended to improve their delivery of CAPE Green Engineering syllabus across the region. (more…)

CDB approves project to support disability mainstreaming in four Caribbean countries

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – In order to enable the full participation of persons with disabilities (PWDs) in the society and economy, national and regional stakeholders need reliable data to inform and strengthen their programming targeting this vulnerable group.

To address the deficit of disability data in the Region, the Board of Directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved a project to support disability assessments in Grenada, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Under the project, these countries will benefit from workshops designed to train participants in the conduct of disability assessments, disseminate assessment findings and obtain feedback on those findings, and discuss strategies for more effectively addressing disability in the Region. (more…)