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Montserrat Innovation Days to Open this Week

 By TMR staff

OCTA Innovation Newsletter – Montserrat Innovation Days reveals: The Government of Montserrat is organising Innovation Days in Montserrat on 16th and 17th of August 2018. Innovation Days will be held under patronage of the honourable Donaldson Romeo, Premier of Montserrat, who will personally open the Montserrat Innovation Days. That will be great occasion for local both public and private stakeholders to gather and to exchange relevant knowledge and best available practice in different aspects of sustainable development of the island.

Mrs. Janice Panton MBE

Mrs. Janice Panton MBE, UK and EU Representative for the Government of Montserrat and Chair of the OCTA Innovation will present Association of EU Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTA) and OCTA Innovation, EU funded project for propelling innovation in the OCTs. As an introductory speaker at the Montserrat Innovation Days, Janice Panton will particularly highlight her call upon the heads of the governments of the EU Overseas Countries and Territories to embrace Systemic Innovation for the sustainable development of their territories.

The Premier’s Office on Tuesday this week, provided some more details. The linkages between innovation and sustainable development will be the focus of discussions on Montserrat for the ‘2018 Innovation Days’, being organised by the Government of Montserrat with support from the local Innovation Advisory Board.

The ‘Innovation Days’ are scheduled for Thursday August 16 and Friday August 17 at the Montserrat National Trust starting at 9:00a.m. on both days.  The event will be launched on Thursday morning by Hon. Premiere Donaldson Romeo who will deliver opening remarks. Other speakers scheduled to deliver remarks at the opening ceremony include Government of Montserrat’s UK Representative and Chair of the Overseas Countries and Territories Association (OCTA) Innovation, Mrs. Janice Panton, and Brussels based OCTA Innovation Team Leader, Milan Jezic von Gesseneck.

The Brussels based OCTA Innovation Team Leader and the local Innovation Advisory Board explained that the ‘Innovation Days’ are intended to assist in enhancing sustainable development through innovation solutions for economic diversification.  The event targets both local public and private stakeholders, encouraging exchanges of relevant knowledge and best available practice in different aspects of sustainable development of the island.

During the sessions, Milan Jezic von Gesseneck, will lead a group of EU experts who will provide some lectures and transfer of knowledge on the best EU practices to Montserrat. Milan in particular will share his knowledge and experience in innovation and sustainable development; Innovation, entrepreneurship and green business expert from Trinidad and Tobago, Alan Cooper, will share his knowledge and regional experience in policy support for innovation, entrepreneurship and green business development; while development and tourism expert James McGregor, will bring the best worldwide practice and experience in visitor economy. Some members of the local Innovation Advisory Board will also deliver presentations based on their areas of specialisation.

In addition to the Innovation Days on August 16 and 17, a round-table discussion on the ‘Creative Industry’ is also being planned for Monday, August 20 starting at 9:00a.m. at the Cabinet Secretariat’s Conference Room.

The OCTA Innovation programme assists Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) in propelling innovation and creativity through the organisation of local ‘Innovation Days’. Innovation Days are events held in the OCTs, ranging from one day up to several days, with support from the Brussels based OCTA Innovation Team Leader, and features lectures and trainings from experts.

Creativity in Monserrat has been recognised: handmade craft items specific to Montserrat. Emerald Isle Ceramics won OCTA Innovation BIC Award 2017 in creativity field.

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ECLAC says planning is key to implementation of 2030 UN Agenda in the Caribbean

ECLAC says planning is key to implementation of 2030 UN Agenda in the Caribbean

NEW YORK, July 13, CMC – The Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Alicia Bárcena, says planning is key to the implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda in the region.

In addressing an event parallel to the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, which is being held at United Nations headquarters in New York, Bárcena said the new development paradigm proposed by the 2030 UN Agenda “positions and reappraises planning as a means of implementation.”

ECLAC Executive Secretary Alicia Bárcena

She also said the development paradigm “demands a long-term vision, with coherent policies linked to budget periods, with the availability of timely and quality data and statistical information, and with transparent and participatory systems for monitoring, accountability and evaluation.”

The senior United Nations official participated in the “Policy Coherence: From the Global to the National and Local Levels,” organized by ECLAC and the government of Guatemala, and held on the sidelines of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, which is taking place through July 18 at the United Nations’ headquarters.

“The 2030 Agenda calls on us to change our fragmented and isolated institutional culture in order to act in a coordinated, articulated and inclusive way, with multi-sectoral approaches and by identifying the interconnections and critical links between the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development,” said Bárcena in her remarks.

“Long-term planning allows for producing state policy and building the continuity of development models, with greater equality and sustainability at a national and territorial level,” she added.

Bárcena noted that public policy is effective when it is “territorialized” and has budgetary backing, adding that planning guarantees coherence among public policies.

She also stated that long-term planning requires “quality and disaggregated information, data and statistics as the basis for making decisions, which means it is imperative that national and regional statistical institutions be strengthened.”

In this regard, Bárcena called for bolstering the Statistical Conference of the Americas (SCA)as a regional platform for data and statistics related to sustainable development.

ECLAC’s top representative said that, to date, only on five of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have a chance of reaching 50 per cent of their indicators.

These include SDG 1, on ending poverty; goal 3, which refers to health and well-being; goal 5, on gender equality; goal 7,which calls for guaranteeing access to affordable and clean energy; and goal 8,which addresses decent work and economic growth.

“On the rest of the SDGs, an effort must be made to improve information to be able to produce the indicators,” Bárcena said. “This entails strengthening national statistical institutes.”

She said that, currently, 20 of the 33countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have national coordination mechanisms for the implementation and follow-up of the 2030 UN Agenda on a national level.

Bárcena also noted that more than 50 per cent of the technical secretariats of these mechanisms are planning bodies, adding that “they have the great challenge of coordinating sectors, bringing together actors, defining the strategies and alliances needed to achieve the SDGs, and preparing for accountability processes.

“The 2030 Agenda and the SDGs do not involve goals that are different from those prioritized by States,” she said. “But they do entail a different way of addressing them. And that is why it is important to seek the virtuous circles between the different targets and goals.”

ECLAC presented a methodology for identifying the critical links and nodes between the 2030 Agenda and planning.

Bárcena said the methodology allows for aligning national priorities with global ones.

She said the tool “seeks to articulate the contents of a planning instrument in terms of strategies and lines of action, with the goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda.”

It also aims to “identify the links between these targets and strategies in order to subsequently carry out a process of prioritization through the identification of critical links and nodes, which ultimately develops into propositions for national priorities regarding the process of implementing actions toward achieving the SDGs,” Bárcena said.

Additionally, she highlighted the importance of the Regional Council for Planning, the intergovernmental subsidiary body that orients the activities of ECLAC’s Latin American and Caribbean Institute for Economic and Social Planning (ILPES).

Bárcena pointed to the relevance of the Regional Observatory on Planning, a space for analysis, information and the collective construction of knowledge for governments, academia, the private sector and civil society, with regard to planning for development in Latin America and the Caribbean.

In addition, she reiterated the key role played by the Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development, an annual meeting organized under ECLAC’s auspices, which constitutes a multi-actor platform for fostering dialogue among peers, learning and the exchanging of experiences at a national and territorial level regarding implementation and follow-up of the 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Bárcena noted the Forum’s successful second meeting, which was held in April 2018 at ECLAC’s central headquarters in Santiago, Chile, where ECLAC presented the Second annual report on regional progress and challenges in relation to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean.

This Forum will hold its third annual meeting on April 22-26, 2019 at ECLAC’s headquarters in Santiago, Chile.

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Best practices for FAD Fisheries being finalized for Caribbean and Pacific SIDS

Best practices for FAD Fisheries being finalized for Caribbean and Pacific SIDS


Wednesday, July 4, 2018 — BELIZE CITY, BELIZE, MONDAY, 2 July 2018 (CRFM)—The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) has been working along with United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to develop a set of best practices for small-scale fisheries centered around Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) in Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The best practices are being documented following a Pacific-Caribbean Nearshore FAD Fisher Exchange with representatives from 7 SIDS in the Caribbean and the Pacific who recently participated in a study tour in Barbados, Grenada and Dominica.

Fishers and Fisheries officials from the Cook Islands, Samoa, Vanuatu and Tonga were in the Caribbean for 12 days, up to the end of May, on a mission organized by the CRFM, in collaboration with the FAO Subregional Office for the Pacific Islands (FAO SAP) in Samoa. They met with fishers and representatives of fisherfolk organizations in the region; government officials and policy-makers; exporters, processors and vendors from the private sector; as well as residents of fishing communities. Gaining knowledge about the use of FADs in the Caribbean will help the Pacific to fulfill the mandate of the 2015 Road Map for Sustainable Pacific Fisheries, which calls for the supply of tuna for domestic consumption in that region to be increased by 40,000 tonnes a year by 2024.

CRFM Executive Director, Milton Haughton, said,

“The study tour was an important opportunity for fishers and fisheries officials from the Caribbean and Pacific islands to exchange information regarding their experiences in FAD fisheries development and management.”

The Pacific delegation had their first information exchange with fishers, fisheries officials and private sector vendors and processors in Barbados, where small tethered FADs (called ‘screelers’) are used to attract flyingfish. Next, they traveled to Grenada, where they met the Minister responsible for Fisheries, Hon. Alvin Dabreo. The Minister expressed his country’s commitment to strengthening collaboration with the Pacific SIDs and promoting the development of sustainable FAD fisheries.

During their visit to Grenada and Dominica, the Pacific delegation teamed up with local fishers to make fishing gear which they used to harvest tunas and other species that had aggregated around the anchored FADs set near the coastline. Grenada operates a vibrant small-scale FAD fishery, which it introduced from Dominica, a leader in FAD technology and operation in the Caribbean. The participants explored and discussed the role of the fishing cooperative in promoting and supporting the development and management of the FAD fishery in that country.

The study tour was a critical part of the collaborative and consultative effort by the CRFM and the FAO to facilitate the exchange of fishery-specific information, as well as to collect, synthesize and analyze data PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE and information on the small-scale FAD fisheries in the Caribbean and Pacific SIDS. During the tour, participants conducted an analysis of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT analysis) relevant to the FAD fishery, to derive a set of best practices that would support sustainable development and effective management of small-scale FAD fisheries in the Pacific and Caribbean.

Back in 2012, Vanuatu introduced a FAD design based on the Caribbean model, which was modified to adapt to maritime conditions in the Pacific. 

The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) was officially inaugurated on March 27, 2003, in Belize City, Belize, where it is headquartered, following the signing of the “Agreement Establishing the CRFM” on February 4, 2002. It is an inter-governmental organization whose mission is “to promote and facilitate the responsible utilization of the region’s fisheries and other aq

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Marcia Gilbert-Roberts (left) and Eric Khant sig ning MOU (JIS Photo)

Jamaica signs MOU with United States to combat child trafficking

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Jun 1, CMC – The United States is providing US$4.5 million in funding for projects and other activities over the next four years under an agreement with signed with Jamaica  for a Child Protection Compact (CPC) Partnership, which is aimed at combating the trafficking of children here.

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Marcia Gilbert-Roberts, who signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Chargé d’Affaires at the United States Embassy here, Eric Khant, said that the objective of the partnership is to save Jamaican children and at-risk youth from being trafficked.

Marcia Gilbert-Roberts (left) and Eric Khant sig ning MOU (JIS Photo)

“One of the most valuable assets for the future of any country is its young people – our children. We are pleased, therefore, that Jamaica was invited by the Government of the United States to participate in this project,” she told the signing ceremony on Thursday.

She said that the MoU signing represents another milestone in the relationship between the two countries, noting that ‘without partnerships of this kind, our journey towards achieving our targets under the sustainable development goals and Vision 2030 would certainly be more extensive and arduous”.

Khant said Washington is pleased to be partnering with Jamaica on this initiative, and stressed that human trafficking is a very serious offence which must be eliminated.

“Approximately 2.5 million people are victims of human trafficking every year and many of those victims are children. This type of modern-day slavery should not exist in our society…because of that, we work closely with our international partners to fight this heinous crime, and we’re delighted that we can now partner with Jamaica under this Child Protection Compact Partnership.”

He said the four-year agreement will help to strengthen Jamaica’s ability to prosecute and punish traffickers, identify and provide comprehensive services to victims and prevent these crimes from happening.

“Our hope is that together, we will be able to eliminate child trafficking altogether in Jamaica and the wider region,” he added.

Jamaica is the fourth country to have been selected for a CPC Partnership and the first country from the Caribbean region. The others are Ghana, Peru and the Philippines.

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Rice in Guyana

Guyana recording increased revenue for rice shipment so far this year

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, May 12, CMC –Guyana exported just over 139,000 tonnes of rice during the first four months of the year, valued at more than US$57 million, a senior official of the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) has said.

GRDB manager, Nizam Hassan said that as of May 7, the rice industry has harvested 86 per cent of its 2018 production, equivalent to 75,137 hectares of the 87,538 hectares planted and is a significant increase in production from 310,748 tonnes earlier in the year to 448,926 tonnes.

Rice in Guyana“For the period January to April 2018, we exported 139,501 tonnes valued at US$57.7 million compared to 120,811 tonnes valued at US$47 million for the corresponding period of 2017.

“So, I’m talking about the first four months of 2018 compared with the first four months of 2017, in terms of the volume, that’s about 15 per cent more we’ve exported. The increases in the exports have primarily come of course from new markets that we’ve been exporting to,” Hassan said.

He said “what we have seen in the first crop, generally there has been improved productivity issues such as pests and disease were managed, farmers were being paid faster than previous crops, prices paid were improved from previous crops, as GUY $3000 (One Guyana dollar=US$0.004 cents) per bag of paddy.

“The first crop faired very well and we are very optimistic going ahead for the second crop. This kind of performance trend will just continue, we have seen this since the second crop of 2017,” Hassan said

Since last year, Guyana has been exporting rice to Mexico and according to figures released here, the Caribbean country shipped 113,525 tonnes of paddy in 2017.

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Prime Minister Harris and Police High Command with new recruits from St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Police High Command welcomes new recruits from Grenada & St. Vincent and the Grenadines

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, May 10Twenty-nine young men from  Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines arrived here on Wednesday  to serve as officers in the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force (RSCNPF).

This stems from a renewed recruitment drive locally and regionally undertaken by the Service Improvement Directorate to attract individuals with strong academic and technical backgrounds to serve as officers in the Police Force.

Prime Minister Harris and Police High Command with new recruits from St. Vincent and the GrenadinesPrime Minister Dr Timothy Harris, who is also National Security MInister, welcomed the recruits and   thanked them for choosing to serve the people of St. Kitts and Nevis in law enforcement.

“We hope that your experience will be a learning one and a very positive one. Certainly you will learn about other people in the Caribbean; you will learn about St. Kitts and Nevis in particular, and you will learn what it is to be a law enforcement officer.”

Harris told the aspiring police officers that by answering the call to serve they have signaled their intention to uphold the laws of the land and to do what is necessary to safeguard the peace and security for residents, citizens and visitors of St. Kitts and Nevis.

“The police everywhere have a responsibility to serve and protect people, keep our societies safe and, as it were, to help us maintain and minimize elements of crime within our countries, and so we will be counting on you to help make St. Kitts and Nevis the best place in which people can live, people can work, and people can enjoy life,” the National Security Minister said, while assuring the recruits that the St. Kitts and Nevis Government is fully committed to assisting the efforts of the police.

Commissioner of Police, Ian Queeley joined  Harris in thanking the recruits for their interest in serving the people of St. Kitts and Nevis, and stated that, “There are great opportunities to be had serving within this organization and we look forward to engaging you in a very meaningful way so that we can not only contribute to your growth and development, but you will contribute to the growth and development of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.”


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CCJ rules in favour of Barbadian company

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Mar 26, CMC – The Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Monday said it had no jurisdiction to hear a case in which three employees of a hotel in Barbados had been dismissed and ordered that the matter be heard by the Court of Appeal there expeditiously.

In its ruling the CCJ, the Barbados final court, heard that the workers had first challenged their dismissal in the Magistrate’s Court on the basis that they were sent home without cause in breach of the procedures outlined in their contracts.

The Magistrate Court determined on September 24, 2014, that the way the employees were terminated did violate the terms of their contract.

On the same day, the company, Sandy lane Company Limited, through its attorney, verbally informed the magistrate of its intention to appeal the decision.

The attorney then followed this with a letter to the Magistrate on October I, 2014, informing the  magistrate that he was appealing and requesting the court’s reasons for its decision.

When the matter came on for hearing before the Court of Appeal, it considered whether it could hear the matters since the appeals were not filed within seven days from the date of the magistrate’s judgment as is required by the Magistrate’s Court Act.

But Sandy Lane argued that the appeal was filed in time since the applicable rules governing appeals to the Court of Appeal are found in the Civil Procedure Rules which provide for a time limit of 28 days to appeal. It was also argued that it had given verbal, and written notices, within the seven-day period which would have satisfied the time limit under the Magistrate’s Court Act.

The Court of Appeal, referring to an earlier judgment of the CCJ, determined that its jurisdiction to hear appeals from the Magistrate’s court is governed by the Magistrate’s Court Act and not the Civil Procedure Rules.

As such, the time for filing the notice of appeal was seven days. Further, it held, the Magistrate’s Court Act requires notice to be given to the clerk, not the Magistrate, and this was not done.

The court rejected the letter of 1st October 2014 by the attorney since it was addressed to the Magistrate and not the clerk. The appeal was dismissed.

In its judgment, the CCJ made reference to its ruling in the Deane v Allamby  pointing out that in that case it did not even consider whether the Civil Procedure Rules had any relevance to appeals from a Magistrate’s court since the appellant in that case had not filed a notice of appeal under the Rules.

In this case, the CCJ determined that the appellant had in fact given “immediate, public notice of its intention to appeal” which was subsequently followed by a notice in writing, and both were within the time period prescribed by the Magistrate’s Court Act.

The CCJ ruled that in all the circumstances, notice was given as a matter of substance and it should not matter that neither counsel nor the clerk regarded those notices as compliant with the requirements of the Magistrate’s Court Act.

Therefore, the CCJ concluded, the appellant had complied with the notice requirements under the Magistrate’s Court Act.

The Court opined that the regime for appealing under the Magistrate’s Court Act requires legislative intervention to harmonize it with the procedure under the Civil Procedure Rules, the latter being acknowledged as more convenient for appellants.

The CCJ allowed the appeal and ordered that the appeal to the Court of Appeal be restored and heard on an expedited basis.

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Black Caribbean legislators express disappointment at the end of TPS for Haitians

By Nelson A. King

WASHINGTON, Nov 22, CMC – Black Democratic congressional leaders have joined Caribbean legislators in expressing outrage over the Trump administration’s decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nearly 60,000 undocumented Haitian nationals residing in the United States.

US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Elaine Duke said on Monday that she made the decision to terminate the TPS designation for Haitians, with a delayed effective date of 18 months, “to allow for an orderly transition before the designation terminates on July 22, 2019.”

migrationBut US Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants and chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Immigration Working Group, Congressman John Conyers of Michigan, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member, and Congressman Cedric Richmond of Louisiana, CBC chairman, said, in a joint statement, that they were outraged by the decision that now forces the Haitian immigrants to return home.

They noted that the massive earthquake in the French-speaking Caribbean country killed more than 300,000 people in 2010, disrupted the function of civil society, displaced families from their homes, closed schools and social service agencies, created instability in the government and undermined the economy.

The Black congressional leaders said these conditions were exacerbated by the cholera epidemic, subsequent hurricanes and food insecurity crisis, “which continues to this day.

“The people of Haiti demonstrated extraordinary resolve in their efforts to rebuild. These efforts have been supported by Haitian nationals here in the United States who have worked hard and sent money to family members and friends.

“These remittances are critical to the recovery, and have provided for basic needs, including education, agricultural restoration, business development and home reconstruction.

“Although the administration granted Haitians another 18 months in the United States, the conditions on the ground clearly merit continuing TPS coverage, rather than terminating this essential, life-saving designation,” they added.

The law makers said that while campaigning in Miami, then-candidate Donald Trump called Haitian-Americans “hard-working, creative and industrious, and promised to be their ‘greatest champion.’ Today, Donald Trump broke that promise.

“By ending Temporary Protected Status for Haitians, the Trump Administration has put the lives of more than 50,000 people at risk,” said Clarke, Conyers and Richmond, adding continued, stating that the decision is a “low point for this administration” and “will leave an indelible mark further tarnishing his [Trump’s] legacy.”

Additionally, the Black congressional leaders said the “wrongful decision underscores the need for congress to lead by passing bipartisan comprehensive TPS legislation that would provide meaningful relief to Haiti and all other similarly situated countries.”

New York State Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte, the daughter of Haitian immigrants, who represents the predominantly Caribbean 42nd Assembly District in Brooklyn, New York told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC)  that she was “equally saddened and angered” by the decision.

“For anyone who has been to Haiti in recent months, it is clear that the administration’s decision does not coincide with the dangerous reality on the ground,” said Bichotte, the first Haitian American from New York City to be elected to New York State Assembly. “The return of tens of thousands of people is only going to make conditions worse.

“Furthermore, it would be equally dangerous for the other hundreds of thousands of Central Americans who don’t know any life other than their life in the US,” she added. “In addition, for both Haitians and Central Americans, their economic contributions to both the US and their home countries will now be lost. The fight must continue to address these inhumane and unconstitutional decisions.”

New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams, the son of Grenadian immigrants, who represents the 45th Council District in Brooklyn, said he was “appalled to hear the administration’s decision, but I was not shocked.

“This kind of callous, deliberate disregard for the well-being of hard-working immigrants, this disdain for our fellow human beings, is what we’ve come to expect from Donald Trump,” he told CMC.

“Trump’s own State Department has a travel advisory in place, which cites the dangers of travel to Haiti for Americans. Yet, he has no problem forcing Haitians, who came here in the wake of a devastating earthquake and outbreak of disease, to return to a country once again crippled by a natural disaster, Hurricane Matthew.

“It could not be clearer that his motives are xenophobic, that his priorities lie in creating fear and relegating certain people to a second class, and I will not stand for it, 59,000 Haitians living in the US under Temporary Protected Status will not stand for it, and their neighbours and communities will not stand for it,” Williams added.

“We must fight for what is hard, because we are factually right and Trump is morally incorrect. Rather than simply expressing our outrage, those of us with the power to do so, need to formulate and enact plans of action.

‘“We need to challenge this decision and put pressure on congress to address this issue legislatively and humanely. We must all become a part of the resistance. This president has made it clear that he’s coming for all of us – whether we choose to acknowledge it or not,” Williams added.

The decision to terminate TPS for 58,000 Haiti nationals living in the US comes 14 days after DHS announced it was terminating TPS for 2,500 Nicaraguans and delaying a decision for 57,000 Hondurans, which automatically gave them a six-month extension after their current status expires in January.

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Empowering Excellence private sector team

Empowering Excellence in Public Service

By Bennette Roach

Empowering Excellence private sector team

It must be one of and perhaps the most important legacy Her Excellency Elizabeth Carriere intends to leave behind in Montserrat at the end of her tenure as Governor. From her arrival, the Governor had noted that a public service and how it functioned was integral to the development… delivering quality of service to the public they deserve from their Public Service.

She spoke about a customer service delivery to the public from the civil service as key principles of the reform process.

She had seen problems and mentioned “On the point about relationships with the public this is part attitudinal, its part training, its part issues around having the right people in the right places… it really is also an attitude that the public service is a public service and we must carry out the right kind of service not just for Montserratians but also for people who are visiting Montserrat, so this is also an area of focus for improvement. 

Upon this background with the full backing of government with co-leadership via the Deputy Premier they came up with plans to transform human resource management in the Montserrat public service.

She continued to talk for months the need to reinvigorate the public service, to make it fit for purpose for the times we are living in and the demands of the public. They finally formulated an “Empowering Excellence Program” EEP.

The program began and task force set up. A manager was appointed to take the program (EEP) forward in Cheverlyn Williams-Kirnon (Mrs.). On June 28 Mrs. Williams and her public sector team joined the Governor at her press conference and provided an update on the initiative which is being undertaken through Human Resource Transformation, on stream for about four months.

She reported: “We have established the public sector taskforce and they started working from the 1st March and we are now into three months completed of the program, the implementation of the Empowerment Excellence Program. We are presently finalizing our action plan in terms of what are the actions we are required to perform going forward and we are just about completing what the actions and the tasks are going to be.”

After each of her team presented on their roles on the task force, Williams noted that the main aim is to ensure that, “we run with this HR Transformation initiative and we engage all the different levels within the public sector in order to ensure that there is full collaboration and cooperation and engagement from all,” pointing out they were looking at providing front line officers with name badges so that persons are aware of who they are dealing with and the posts that they hold in terms of our front line staff.

 We are also presently on the government radio station promoting the Empowering Excellence Program because we want to be able to ensure that we empower the public officers in order to provide excellent service.

Mrs Williams touted: “There are some initiatives that we felt must be implemented immediately in order to show that we are moving towards that excellent standard within the public services. These are being advanced as we speak in that several programs are running in order to address customer service and telephone etiquette within the government service… we have also set up the private sector advisory committee and that has been started and established from the 7th June.”

Chivonne Gerald and Clarice Yearwood are the chairman and secretary respectively of the Private Sector Committee

The 45 members of the task force are expected to make their contributions to the program over an initial 18-month period and beyond.

Reporting to the press

The scope of the Empowering Excellence work includes selected and prioritized improvements in: human resource delivery (including talent management, recruitment/retention, performance management, service delivery, etc.)’ leadership and strategy; and managing change, developing excellence, and becoming a learning organisation.

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St. Lucia clamping down on illegal workers

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Mar 21, CMC – The St. Lucia government Tuesday said it had embarked on a drive to clamp down on foreign nationals working here illegally.

“It has been brought to the attention of the Labour Department, that there are individuals employed at various organizations here without a valid work permit. The country`s Labour legislation mandates that overseas nationals desirous of employment in St. Lucia, must first obtain a work permit or exemption where applicable,” the Ministry of Labour said in a statement.

illegal employmentIt warned local employers of employing foreigners who do not have the necessary documents to work here and quoted Labour Minister Stephenson King as saying that “this notification serves as a warning to employers and employees engaged in illegal employment.

“The laws of St. Lucia are clear when it comes to employment, we want people to adhere to the laws or face the penalties” said King.

The Minister of Labour said that the ongoing drive is targeted at people who do not have the necessary documentation and that employers and or employees who are currently in contravention of the law are asked to visit the Labour Department to regularize their employment status urgently.
“Failure to comply will result in the case being passes on to the Immigration Department for full enforcement of the law.

“Employers and employees should note that a foreign national who engages in occupation in St. Lucia or is employed in St. Lucia in contravention of the law is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding EC$5,000 (One EC dollar =US$0.37 cents) or imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year or both.

“Should the offence continue, the convicted is liable to a further fine not exceeding EC$500 for each day the offence continues and or imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years.”

King said the government will do what is necessary to ensure that Labour laws are upheld.

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