Aug 18, 2018 Last Updated 12:06 PM, Jul 24, 2018

CARICOM Immigration and Customs Officers will undergo training next week to clarify the roles and functions of Border Officers. The training is also geared at ensuring that there is a common understanding of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) in general, and the Free Movement of Persons (FMP) in particular.

The Train-the-Trainers Workshop for Immigration and Customs Officers is being held by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat 13- 14 June, in Barbados. It is part of the Tenth European Development Fund CSME Economic Integration Programme.

The Workshop will also include a module on Customer Service and on Effective Communication.

In addition to further strengthening and building the capacity of these officials on the CARICOM Free Movement regimes, it is expected that this intervention will enhance their ability to train their peers upon their return home. In light of this and the follow-up that is required to make this intervention successful and sustain the efforts, there will be a need to ensure that further training activities take place at the National Level.

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat continues its series of labour market information system (LMIS) training in Member States. The latest exercise takes place in Guyana from Wednesday, October 19 to Friday, October 21 at the Ministry of Social Protection. The establishment of the LMIS is an important part of the proper functioning of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). The aim of the training is to teach stakeholders how to use LMIS in the development of policy and planning. This initiative is being facilitated under the 10th European Development Fund CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) Economic Integration Programme.

Approximately 30 representatives from Departments of Statistics, Finance, Planning, Health, Education, Social Security as well as trade unions and employer organisations are expected to participate. They will be trained in areas such as how to identify sources of labour market information, classification of labour statistics, labour market modelling, survey analysis and policy implications. At the end of the exercise, participants are expected to understand how to use labour market information in policy-making and its importance in the process. This training should also strengthen the management capability of these stakeholders who play an integral role in the free movement of skills and labour regime of the CSME.

The LMIS training exercise has already been carried out in Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname. It will be conducted in all Member States, except The Bahamas, in the coming months. There is another phase of this LMIS training initiative that involves system and data administrators who will be carrying out the day-to-day operation of the system. They will be given the requisite knowledge and skills to do this and their training will also be conducted over the following months.

 

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The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat is ensuring that key stakeholders are knowledgeable about the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) and how they can maximise benefits under the CSME processes. On Monday, September 12, the Secretariat is convening a one-day CSME sensitization workshop for the private sector in Jamaica at The Pegasus Hotel. Approximately 35 participants from Jamaica’s corporate community are expected to attend the event. The CARICOM team will be headed by Assisitant Secretary-General for Trade and Economic Integration, Mr. Joseph Cox.

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