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Public consultations for the enhancement of TAMCC

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The Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development and Religious Affairs announces public consultations on the assessment for the enhancement of the T A Marryshow Community College (TAMCC), which are scheduled for the week of 7 October 2019, with all sessions beginning at 4:30 pm.

This project is a Government of Grenada project, which is funded through a grant from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). The consulting team is from the Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business, at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Trinidad.

The sessions will be as follows:

St George – Monday, 7 October
Teacher Ed. Hall, TAMCC

St Andrew – Wednesday, 9 October
Bain’s Hall, Grenville

St Patrick – Thursday, 10 October
Anglican Primary School Hall, Sauteurs

Carriacou – Friday, 11 October
Teacher Ed. Hall, TAMCC

The Minister with responsibility for Tertiary Education, Human Resource Development and Education Outreach, Hon. Pamela Moses, specially invited guests and the visiting consultants, will make remarks.

This Ministry invites the public to participate in these sessions so that their views can be taken into consideration during the TAMCC enhancement process. This is the public’s opportunity to help shape the future for TAMCC, for generations to come, as this Ministry seeks to complete its action plan for that institution.

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The importance of intraregional trade

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Intraregional trade is a critical component of the OECS integration process. Significant strides have been made over the years to secure the foundation for a thriving common market – resulting in the successful establishment of the Eastern Caribbean Economic Union in January, 2011.

This larger market and the free circulation of goods, people and capital, promises greater trade, business, and economic opportunities.

Director General of the OECS Dr. Didacus Jules cautioned, however, that despite this arrangement and the many successes to date, we must be ever mindful of underlying threads of insularity that seek to unravel the very fabric of the integration movement.

A recent article highlighting the fruits of a bilateral agri-export agreement between the OECS Member States of Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines was met with insular and protectionist sentiment in some sectors.

This success story sought to report on the improved trade among OECS Member States, which – especially as it relates to the food import bill – is still quite low when compared to trade with non-OECS countries.

Dr. Jules lamented some of the insular reactions to what should be an occasion for celebration. 

“None of the OECS Member States by themselves can meet their own or the region’s food security needs. What we should lament is our continued dependence on the importation of substandard meat and poultry from extra-regional sources that cost our governments millions of US dollars,” Jules said.

In 2017, imports of meat and poultry products from the US and Canada for only five OECS Member States exceeded USD$63 million dollars.

“Increasing intra-OECS trade is not a one sided matter. We are building partnerships so that Member States can focus on areas of comparative advantage to build a dynamic, sustainable internal market of healthy organic food.

“All of our Ministers of Agriculture are working closely to boost production and create stronger value chains in all Member States,” Jules added.

A shipment of agricultural produce is prepared in St. Vincent

In addressing the bilateral agreement between Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. Jules noted that the islands have built strong exchanges over the years, helping each other with reciprocal supplies of planting material in root vegetables and spices.

The OECS’ Seasonal Agricultural Workers Programme in Canada also provides further opportunities for deepened collaboration in agriculture among Member States.

“The OECS agricultural worker employment programme in Canada recently secured almost 200 jobs on high tech cannabis farms. The Gonsalves administration, in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, has been working with the OECS Commission and the Canadian employers to design a tertiary skills-training programme that would result in higher wages for the workers.

“St. Vincent and the Grenadines is offering this training free of cost to workers from the other OECS Member States, including Grenada.

“It is all about working together, to progress together, with no one left behind.”

   

Extra-regional Trade: The reality of the region’s unsustainable food-import bill

Despite the proximity of Caribbean countries to the large markets of the United States and Canada, local exporters face significant challenges with market competitiveness due to the small size of the countries and the high production costs – especially as it relates to transportation. As a result, trade with these countries tends to be heavily focused on imports.

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Intra-regional Trade: The Example of Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines

An objective review of the total intraregional food imports and exports for Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines in 2008 and 2012, respectively, demonstrates the clear benefits of the arrangement and highlights opportunities for improved trade in the sector.

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Grenada

In 2008, the food import bill for Grenada was USD$33,888,070. Of this figure, only 5 percent was imported from the OECS – mainly from the islands of St. Kitts and Nevis and Saint Lucia – valued at USD$1,1816,230.

Grenada’s total food exports for the same period totaled USD$4,329,330, of which 41 percent were destined to other OECS territories – namely Antigua and Barbuda, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis and St. Vincent and the Grenadines – valued at USD$1,770,410.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

In 2012, the food import bill for St. Vincent and the Grenadines was USD$31,755,370. Of this figure, only 6 percent was imported from the OECS – mainly from the islands of Grenada, Saint Lucia and St. Kitts and Nevis – valued at USD$2,550,410.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ food exports for the same period totaled USD$8,253,260, 61 percent of which were destined to other OECS territories – namely Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia and St. Kitts and Nevis – valued at USD$5,013,290.

Increased intraregional agricultural trade can significantly reduce the region’s multimillion-dollar annual food import bill as well as improving nutrition for the local population and decreasing poverty through the creation of jobs.

Improved intraregional trade is therefore a priority for the region and should be embraced by governments, the private sector and citizens.

The diversification of products exported by the region, and the development of strategies that focus on competitive advantage and specialised knowledge, are also needed to enhance our trade capacity and to ensure sustainable development nationally and as a region.

To this end, the OECS Commission provides technical assistance to companies in the Member States to enable them to increase their exports. The Commission also works with governments and public sector agencies to make Eastern Caribbean businesses more competitive.

 

About the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States: 

The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is an international organisation dedicated to economic harmonisation and integration, protection of human and legal rights, and the encouragement of good governance among independent and non-independent countries in the Eastern Caribbean comprising Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Martinique and Guadeloupe.  


The OECS Agriculture Unit

 

 

 

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Education Minister says Grenada believes education is a fundamental right – NOW Grenada

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  • Grenada supports inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all
  • Education Minister thanked UNESCO for support in developing Grenada’s National TVET Policy
  • In July 2019 Grenada signed Convention for the Recognition of Studies, Degrees and Diplomas in Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean

Education Minister Emmalin Pierre has told an international meeting that Grenada believes education is a fundamental human right and is one of the most powerful and proven vehicles for achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

“Grenada supports the implementation of SDG 4, as evident in its participation in the Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Steering Committee and its commitment to the collective work and implementation of the E2030 Roadmap, for the benefit of the region and successful implementation of SDG4,” she said during her address at the UNESCO 40th General Conference debates on Thursday, 14 November 2019.

SDG 4 aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. The UNESCO 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is an ambitious, aspirational and universal agenda with the objective of wiping out poverty through sustainable development by 2030.

Pierre who spoke immediately after the Hungarian representative, also told the conference that Grenada welcomes the Global Convention on the Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications and the new Convention for the Recognition of Studies, Degrees and Diplomas in Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean.

“We all believe this will strengthen international and regional cooperation in higher education. Grenada understands the importance of technical and vocational education training (TVET) and lifelong learning opportunities in preparing the youth to meet the demand of the future. We would, therefore, like to thank UNESCO for its support in developing Grenada’s National TVET Policy.

The UNESCO Global Recognition Convention ensures that people have the right to have their foreign education qualification recognised outside their country of study, while the Convention for the Recognition of Studies, Degrees and Diplomas in Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean — which Grenada signed in July 2019 — commits the signatory states parties to adopt all necessary measures to recognise the studies, degrees and diplomas of the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Pierre who recently was assigned as new Minister for Information, said that Grenada recognises the important role that science and technology plays for sustainable development. “Accordingly, Grenada is committed to actively participating in the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), since as an island state, oceans are of great importance to our livelihood. We commend the work of IOC in the preparation of the International Decade of Ocean Sciences.” She urged UNESCO to continue to support the implementation of Early Warning Systems for tsunamis and other marine hazards.

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Co-op Bank wins Bank of the Year Award for Risk Management – NOW Grenada

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Grenada Co-operative Bank Limited is the proud recipient of the inaugural ECCU Bank of the Year Award for Risk Management.

The announcement was made during the 24th Sir Arthur Lewis Memorial Lecture and Awards Ceremony at the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank Headquarters in St Kitts on Wednesday, 6 November 2019.

Leslie Ramdhanny, Deputy Chairman of the bank’s Board of Directors, was among the representatives present at the ceremony and accepted the award on behalf of the bank.

The award recognised Co-op Bank’s efforts in implementing and utilising best practices in managing risk. To be chosen for this prestigious award, the Bank had to demonstrate effective risk management processes, policies and systems including risk treatment plans and risk management training; the adoption of risk management best practices; and improvements made to the Bank’s Risk Management function over the past year.

Receiving this award is a major game-changer for Co-op Bank. To the Board, Management and staff, this award sets a higher mark for the bank’s performance management systems, the consistent application and demonstration of best practice governance principles, risk management practices and business conduct.

To the stakeholders and the wider public, this award is a bold vote of confidence in the Bank’s commitment to and demonstration of its corporate promise to ensure prudent governance, compliance, risk and financial management; driven by a decisive, inspiring, strategy focused leadership team and staff. Such a public declaration augers very well for the bank’s brand, reputation and its position of trust and influence with strategic alliances, counterparty and correspondent relationships and most importantly with shareholders and the customers we serve.

Co-op Bank was shortlisted along with other renowned financial competitors in the regional industry for the Financial Education and Empowerment, Risk Management and Technological Innovation categories. The bank is therefore honoured to have been chosen for the category of Risk Management.

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