By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter
Nineteen Belizean students were in Grenada this week on a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Single Market Economy (CSME) mission trip.
The mission trip, a part of an on going CSMe project to promote the single market in member states, gathered representatives from the University of Belize, the University of the West Indies Open Campus, and Galen University.
During the mission the students were organized into groups of five to cover four major aspects of the CSME: Free movement of Goods; Free movement of Services and skills; Movement of Capital; and The Rights of Establishment.
The students, from their discussions, identified gaps within the Grenadian against the best practice model as identified by CARICOM. Those findings were summarized into a report, used to evaluate Grenada’s CSME’s readiness.
The Secretariat CSME Public Education Programme coordinated this programme with funding by the 10th European CSME Economic Integration Programme (EIP).
Since 2008, 283 CARICOM university and college students were mobilized and trained to identify and develop a response to opportunities in the Caribbean.
The 2015 chapter of the project identified a group of Belizean students to identify career opportunities with regard to wage employment, self-employment, and trade in goods within the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).
To build on the sustainability of this project, the students will form a public relations team that will be tasked with promoting the CARICOM and the CSME in Belize. A subsequent mission will be held in August where students will come from Grenada to access Belize