CARICOM Leaders Agree To Add These Workers To “Skilled” CSME Category

NEW YORK, NY. -  Caribbean leaders and members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) wrapped up a two-day meeting this week with a new declaration that promises to include a new category of workers to those who can move freely and seek employment within the Community.

caricomUnder the St Ann’s Declaration on the CARICOM Single Market and Economy, (CSME), agricultural workers, beauty service practitioners, barbers and security guards will now be considered as skilled nationals.

The leaders also agreed that one skills certificate issued by one-member state would be recognized by all Member States and to complete legislative and other arrangements in all member states for all categories of Free Movement of Skilled Persons.

Under the declaration, the governments also agreed to finalize the administration that permits citizens and companies of the Community to participate in the Public Procurement processes in Member States by the year 2019 and to take all necessary steps to allow for mutual recognition of companies incorporated in a CARICOM Member State.

Meanwhile, leaders also agreed to examine the re-introduction of the single domestic space for passengers in the region and to work towards having a single security check for direct transit passengers on multi-stop intra-Community flights.