"community must take rightful place in int’l trade blocs"
CANADIAN High Commissioner to Jamaica Robert Ready has commended Caricom member states on the advances made with respect to the Caricom Single Market, including the liberalisation of the market for services, the free movement of goods and the movement of skills.
Addressing media workers and representatives of the Government of Jamaica at the opening of a Caricom Single Market media workshop in Kingston on March 20, the high commissioner noted that substantial support for the Single Market had come through the Caricom Trade and Competitiveness Project, a Canada-funded initiative which assisted member states to put administrative and regulatory systems for the single market in place.
Ready said further that the Government of Canada was pleased to partner with Caricom to the tune of CDN$15 million through the CTCP to implement new, and in some cases, extensive reforms of existing legislation, regulations, and associated procedural and administrative arrangements to operationalise the Caribbean Single Market Economy (CSME).
Such changes, he observed must be reflected in national priorities and coupled with the right skill sets developed through appropriate education programmes.