The Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME) has embarked on a wider public education drive to promote the advantages of a single market and economy.
The CARICOM secretariat hosted a 2-day seminar at Auberge Seraphine.
The workshop targeted teachers and aims to sensitize them on the CSME and integrating the benefits of the single market into classroom.
In short order, the absence of Consumer Protection Legislation in Dominica will be a thing of the past, Director of Trade Matthan Walter has said.
Late last week experts from the CARICOM Secretariat and stakeholders from the Private sector engaged for a one day consultation on the Consumer Protection Bill of 2015 at the Garraway Hotel.
According to Walter the absence of such legislation has its downside.
“The lack of Consumer Protection Legislation has its ill effects; this needs to be corrected and exigently so,” he said at the opening of the consultation. “In the absence of the required legislation this Ministry has been challenged with complaints ranging from warranties, substandard goods, false/misleading advertisements and non-refunds on returnable items.”
He continued, “Nevertheless, a new era is being born and in the short-term the landscape for consumer protection will be changed by the enactment of the Consumer Protection Bill into law. This Bill at this stage is very comprehensive and appears, de jure, to house provisions tailored to suit and address almost every possibility and eventuality.”
Some of the areas that the Bill will address include: the establishment of a Consumer Affairs Commission, Consumer Rights, Duties of Suppliers, Unfair Trading Practices, Consumer Safety, Recall of Goods, and Distance Selling, the establishment of a Rapid Alert System and Consumer Agreements, among others.
“The signs that are placed on business places with the words, “No Refund” may soon be a thing of the past,” Walter stated.
THE quest to make the CARCOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) become something that the region’s people recognize as a “living, breathing thing” and not just a theory, was the crux of a major two-day workshop held in Trinidad last week.
The workshop was hosted by the CARICOM Secretariat with the assistance of the European Union 10th EDF, and targeted newspaper editors from across the region.
Just over a dozen newspaper editors attended the workshop held at the Carlton Savannah Hotel where they were given background information as well as updates on the region’s push for integration.
Facilitators at last week Monday and Tuesday’s workshop included Salas Hamilton, Specialist Communications, CSME Unit, CARICOM Secretariat; Wesley Gibbings, General Secretary, Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM); Desiree Field-Ridley, Officer-in-Charge Directorate, Trade and Economic Integration, CARICOM Secretariat; Canute James, Senior Lecturer, Caribbean Institute for Media and Communications (CARIMAC); Gladys Young, Senior Legal Officer, CARICOM Secretariat; and KestonNancoo, Vice-President, Guardian Group Holdings Limited.
Also making a special presentation was Honourable Madame Justice Maureen Rajnauth-Lee, the lone female judge on the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), whose appointment was made about a month ago.
Many of the newspaper editors, cited inconsistencies and lack of political will as being key factors militating against the CSME system working at its best. However, Justice Rajnauth-Lee said the contentious issue of whether territories should replace the Privy Council with the CCJ as their final court of appeal needs to be taken into context, one that embraces commonality in culture.
“Despite the fact that we’re separated by water, we’re all pretty much alike when it comes to the fact that as a people we need justice,” Justice Rajnaugth-Lee said. “In my view, we need our own people to administer that justice.”
Students of the Dominica State College (DSC), who recently returned from a Caricom Single Market and Economy (CSME) study tour in St. Lucia, have welcomed the regional initiative.
The group of nineteen ‘student ambassadors’ engaged both public and private sector on that island to observe and explore opportunities through regional integration.
“The whole idea of the visit was to expose them to the CSME arrangements with respect to a number of areas and most importantly we want them to understand that there are opportunities out there for them,” Dominica’s Ambassador to CARICOM, Felix Gregoire explained.
“We want them at a very early age to think of the bigger picture of regional integration movement,” the Ambassador continued.
The nineteen students, separated into four groups, looked at key pillars of regional integration including the free movement of people, goods, services, as well as the establishment of business and the free movement of capital.
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – THE gaps that exist between media practitioners and their audiences concerning education on the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), as well as the need for clarity on the subject matter, are two of the driving forces behind a two-day workshop being held at the St. Kitts Marriott.
I feel empowered and privileged to be in a position to go back to my individual media house and set the agenda with my news team as to our responsibility and role in disseminating information on CSME.
Media personnel and spokespersons in Dominica who attended a three day CSME Media Workshop at the Windsor Park Stadium’s conference room has hailed the workshop as beneficial and informative.
The reporters and spokespersons, who participated in the workshop held between 23 & 25 February 2015, say they are better informed on the five regimes which give meaning to CARICOM and the CARICOM Single Market (CSM).
“As a media manager, I take away so much information from this workshop,” Tarnia Green, media manager at Digicel Play told Dominica Vibes.
Creole speaking Dominicans, as well as Haitians residing in that CARICOM Member State got their chance on Thursday February 27th, 2015, to learn about the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) and the five regimes which facilitate its operation as a single marketspace.
Domestic workers and artisans have been granted the right to move and work without a work permit for at least six years, and provisions are still not in place to make that possible in every country.