CARICOM Drafts Legislation for CSME Regimes
The Ministry of Employment, Trade, Industry and Diaspora Affairs in collaboration with the Caribbean Single Market & Economy (CSME) Unit in Barbados, on May 1st 2014 began a two day Stakeholders’ Consultation.
It will focus on the topic: Consultancy to Prepare Draft Model/ Legislation/ Regulations for CARICOM Single Market (CSM) Regimes.
Felix Gregoire, Ambassador to CARICOM and the OECS says if the private sector does not take advantage of CSME arrangements then their objectives will not be met.
He noted also that CARICOM is making a very “concerted effort to work with the private sector”.
Dominica is one of the first countries where these consultations are being held, according to Wanya Islles, Senior Technician CARICOM Secretariat.
It is hoped that with enough input the consultant present, can further revise the draft and eventually submit the final draft.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Careen Prevost says this component of the project responds to the need for creation of a high level of harmonization in the legal framework of the CSME.
“The Bill that we are looking at will repeal and replace the existing legal framework which fails to implement the treaty comprehensively”, she stated.
The consultancy will look at the Bill in its entirety and formulize a way to address its deficiencies.
During the consultation several acts will be reviewed including; the Immigration & Passport Act, Fisheries Act, Nurses Registration and Medical Acts among others.