KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade has been working with its regional counterparts to resolve some of the problems that frustrate travellers within the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).
Under the CSME, skilled persons are entitled to move and work freely throughout the region once granted a CARICOM Recognition of Skills Qualification.
These include university graduates, media practitioners, artistes, sportspersons, managers, technical and supervisory staff attached to a company, domestic workers and self-employed persons.
Work is being spearheaded by the Ministry’s Trade Agreement Implementation Coordination Unit, responsible for directing and monitoring Jamaica’s obligations under the CSME.
Head of the unit, Symone Betton-Nayo, tells JIS News that discussions have been held with officials in Barbados.
In March, Mrs. Betton-Nayo was in the island for a five-day visit to observe CSME-related activities.
This was under a focal point exchange programme organised by the CARICOM Secretariat, aimed at promoting greater understanding of the CSME among member states.
While there, she met with senior government officials as well as officers of the Immigration Department, and the Barbados Accreditation Council (BAC), which is responsible for verifying skills certificates.
“That joint meeting was very, very useful because they are both two critical entities to the free movement process,” she notes.
Mrs. Betton-Nayo, who is also the CSME Focal Point for Jamaica, tells JIS News that efforts were made to address some of the challenges faced by Jamaicans to get their skills certificates verified when moving to Barbados.
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Source: Jamaica Information Service