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CARICOM train-the-trainer initiative reaps results

– CARICOM Border Officers (Immigration and Customs) host sessions on the Free Movement of People
Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Border Officers (Immigration and Customs) are continuing training activities to ensure a common understanding of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). With a specific focus on the Free Movement of Persons, officers who were trained by the CARICOM Secretariat are currently undertaking national exercises to engage their peers. It is targeted at training at least fifty percent of the officers in respective departments.

So far, Jamaica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Guyana have undertaken training initiatives to also include other border agencies, such as Health, Agriculture and the National Bureau of Standards. Antigua and Barbuda and Trinidad and Tobago have scheduled workshops for this month and Belize and St. Kitts and Nevis will have activities in December.

These national workshops are being held following the regional train-the-trainer workshop which took place in June this year with the assistance of the European Union under the 10th European Development Fund. The ongoing national training sessions are monitored by the CARICOM Secretariat and Member States are required to submit reports and participant lists. This is part of the regional thrust to strengthen and build capacity at the national level on the CARICOM Free Movement Regimes.

The movement of people within the Community is vital to unlock the richness within the region. It is the very essence of Community – the co-mingling of peoples.

 

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