(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana) 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 kick off the second leg of an internship exchange between the CSME Focal Points of Barbados and Jamaica. Jamaica’s National CSME Focal Point, Mrs. 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’s 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.
Mrs. Betton-Nayo will visit a range of governmental, regional and private sector organizations 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 Organization for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) and Sandals among others. Barbados’s CSME Focal Point, Ms Paula Byer, and her team are coordinating the schedule of activities and will accompany Mrs. Betton-Nayo as she engages the various entities on the processes related to the CSME. The intention is for Mrs. 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 be observing 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 in the future.