The CARICOM Secretariat is collaborating with the Jamaica Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade to educate students on regional integration and the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). On Tuesday, March 14 approximately 300 students from secondary schools in the parish of Clarendon will gather at the Clarendon High School for an informational session on the CSME. The activity came out of a request by the teachers at the Kellits High School, Clarendon who requested that the Ministry engage their students on the CSME, a topic on the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) programme.
Specialist, Communications at the Secretariat’s CSME Unit, Mr. Salas Hamilton, will deliver a presentation on the CSME and career opportunities within CARICOM to this gathering of students. The various regimes of the CSME provide cross-border employment and business possibilities for CARICOM nationals, including those on the verge of entering the job market. For example, the CARICOM Skills Certificate allows certain categories of skilled nationals to work in CSME-participating Member States without a work permit, while the Right of Establishment allows CARICOM nationals to set up and operate a business in such a Member State. Other engagements will be done by the Jamaica National CSME Focal Point, Mrs. Symone Betton-Nayo, and other staff from the Jamaica Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.
This specific collaboration fits into the programme of activities being executed by the Secretariat as it continues to support CARICOM Member States with public education on regional integration targeting key stakeholders such as secondary school students and teachers.