CTCP Component 100 & 300 Launch

Basseterre, St. Kitts, May 31, 2013 — The Ministry of International Trade et al, in its capacity as the national coordinating agency for the CIDA-Funded CARICOM Trade & Competitiveness Project (CTCP), will be launching the second phase of Component 100 (Harmonization & Standardization of Administrative Practices & Procedures) and Component 300 (Widening the Scope of Stakeholders’ Participation in the Implementation of the CSME) of this project at the Ocean Terrace Inn (OTI) on Tuesday 4th June, 2013 at 9:00am. The launch will be undertaken in collaboration with officials from the CARICOM & OECS Secretariats.

Component 100 will be facilitated by the regional consultancy team A-Z Information Jamaica Ltd. and will be geared toward Creating Best Practice Models and Delivering Technical Assistance for the Implementation of National CSME Administrative Practices & Procedures. This will entail analyzing the rules and procedures for implementing the various CSME regimes, assessing their efficiency and possible ways for improvement.

Component 300 will be geared toward developing National Technical & Operational Work Plans which seek to Widen the Scope of Participation by Stakeholders and Beneficiaries in the Process of Decision-Making, Implementation and Operation of the CARICOM Single Market through Enhanced Information Flows among all relevant stakeholders. The proposed activities herein will be guided by the local diagnostic study conducted by Mr. Clive Bacchus in 2011.

The week of activities surrounding both Components of the CTCP will require the feedback and input of the process owners of the various CSME regimes (movement of skills, goods, services, capital and the right of establishment), as well as local stakeholders whom are actively involved in the CARICOM Single Market.

The main goal of the CTCP is to foster active involvement in the CTCP national programmes which will help to ensure that the citizens of St. Kitts & Nevis are more knowledgeable about the various mechanisms of the CSME and how they affect them and also better equipped to take advantage of the available opportunities.

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