CARICOM on schedule with five-year strategic plan

By Benjamin Flowers Staff Reporter
CARICOM is on schedule for the completion of its 2014-2018 strategic plan in early January, said CARICOM Secretary General Irwin LaRocque this week.
LaRocque, in his end of year message, described the plan as one of the key milestones of CARICOM’s work, saying that the plan will “address issues of implementability, including the roles and responsibilities of all participants in the Community architecture.”
The 2014-2018 strategic plan will focus on priority areas such as Agriculture, in particular food and nutrition security; Crime and Security; Energy; Intra-regional transport; Environment and climate change; Economic growth and development; Youth; Human and Social Development – Education and Training, and Health, as agreed to by CARICOM Heads of Government at the Twenty-Second Inter-Sessional Meeting held in Grenada in 2011.
The plan is a part of CARICOM’s reform efforts, which began in 2012. According to the CARICOM Secretariat, the plan will play a vital role in the reform process by setting out a common vision, identifying priority areas of focus over the period and by guiding the Secretariat with strategic focus, implementation capacity and strengthened corporate functions.
To further the reform process, CARICOM established the Change Facilitation Team, in 2012.
The team began a series of consultations with stakeholders from member and associate states from August to November, reaching Belize in October.

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