October 6, 2006

Teachers told get ready for CSME opportunities

Teachers across the Caribbean, gathered in St Vincent, have been urged to become accredited as CARICOM Skilled Nationals in order to take advantage of opportunities that will arise as the Caribbean’s Single Market and Economy becomes a reality.

Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves told the 2006 tri-annual Round Table of the Caribbean Union of Teachers and Educational International that CARICOM has come a long way since the original treaty of Chaguaramus. He said that treaty did not address movement of labour or capital neither did it address the issues of the right of establishment of businesses by one country in another.{{more}}

However he said that with the signing of the revised treaty in 2001 in The Bahamas much progress has been made. One major difference is that of the CARICOM Skilled Nationals Certificate which would allow residents of one country to work in another.

He called on other CARICOM states to ensure that the proper authority is established to issue certificate otherwise the rights of their citizens, as provided in the legislation, would only be paperweights.