Caribbean Community Secretariat’s Delegation Undertakes National Consultation Exercise
A delegation from the Caribbean Community Secretariat, will visit Dominica September 23rd – 24th 2013, to undertake a national consultation exercise.
In furtherance of this important activity, His Excellency Felix Gregoire, Ambassador of Dominica to the OECS and CARICOM, hosted a media briefing on Thursday 19th September, to discuss the process of Regional Integration and to provide an update on the CARICOM Consultation.
Mr. Gregoire said, CARICOM is responding to the directives of heads of Government, in order to make it more effective.
Caricom will undertake a mission to gather information from the public as to how they can improve and what priorities they should address.
The Caricom heads, have mandated that each country, have a person referred to as a “change driver”, who will be responsible for pushing the agenda, documenting following ups on activities and ensuring that all targets are met.
Mr. Gregoire informed us, that as Ambassador to the OECS, he was appointed as “change driver” of Dominica.
The Government has created a regional integration task force to assist in additional consultations and communications via social media and submissions.
An official statement is expected to me be made next week.
Some of the issues to be addressed include: the slow paste of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) and the question of free movement.
He stated, at the OECS level, the free movement includes everyone, as long they are a citizen of the OECS. In order for someone to move from an island to the next in search of employment, they must obtain a skilled certificate issued in their country.
Individuals must be University graduates, top sports atheletes or cultural ambassadors in order to be a recipient of a skilled worker certificate.
The ambassador believes that the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), may be one of the issues to be addressed at the consultation.
According to Mr. Gregoire, the CCJ holds a number of negative comments directed towards their institution and we need to be mindful about the information that we as citizens distribute.
From October 2nd, the task force will visit several primary and secondary schools throughout the Island, starting from the North point of Dominica to discuss regional integration.
The Ambassador hopes to discuss OECS unity, chiefly the unity aspect as well as CSME at Caricom level.