PM, Other CARICOM Leaders To Discuss Effective CSME

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet  and other leaders of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will be discussing ways of establishing an effective and meaningful CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) at their summit in Port of Spain, Trinidad, it has been announced.

Chastanet is attending the 18th Special Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM.

The special December 3-6 meeting was agreed to at the July CARICOM session in Jamaica, the PM’s office said in a news release.

According to the release, in addition to focussing on establishing an effective and meaningful CSME, the session  will also look at CSME as a platform for growth and development.

“Several areas for the implementation of CSME will be tackled including: Expansion of Categories of Skilled Community Nationals, the Principle of Mutual Recognition of Companies and Effective Settlement of Disputes,”the release observed.

It disclosed that the Heads will also discuss how CSME can be supportive of Member States’ development goals and priorities and thereby make it more effective.

In the Prime Minister’s absence Minister for Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport and Civil Aviation, Guy Joseph, will serve as Acting Prime Minister.


  1. How can you create skilled workers when we dont have vocational schools? We can never qualify our workers,we have no standards to gide ourselves from.How can we give a carpenter,a certified document or plastic card,tha says or proves that he is a certified carpenter.The same with,plumbers,mechanics,electricians,radio comentators.We need schools or legal certified institutions,that can train people and give them a degree.Our workers and labour force,fishermen,just to give an example,are smart,they dont want to pick up a book,they have issues with this.Maybe they cant read properly,because they never finished school.All these are issues that we have to find a way to minimize,and help to educate our work force.

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