The Guyana-based Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat says it is reviewing the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) administrative procedures to recommend ways of making them more simple and harmonised where possible.
The CSME allows for the free movement of goods, skills and labour across the 15-member regional integration movement.
The Secretariat said that a consultation is scheduled for Wednesday in Barbados where key stakeholders “will assess the procedures as recommended in the CSME Review presented last year to CARICOM Heads of Government”.
The regional leaders had agreed the principles of non-discrimination among others should govern the further harmonisation and simplification of the administrative procedures for the core CSME regimes.
They have also mandated that the CSME administrative actions should not unnecessarily prolong the period for finalizing acceptance of the skilled Community national.
The Secretariat said that the participants at the one-day workshop will compare their own experiences in moving within the region to the present procedures as implemented by CARICOM member states and make recommendations where possible.
It said that the report from the consultation will be tabled at a meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) scheduled for November 2018.
The consultation is being facilitated by the CARICOM Secretariat with assistance from CARIFORUM and the 10th European Development Fund (EDF).