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- CWC will Improve Region’s Security Infrastructure – Mottley
FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Deputy Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley, has said that improvement to the region’s security infrastructure, would be one of the major legacies from the staging of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007.“Many of the things that we have put in place we have been trying to do for the longest time. In fact, the Secretary General of the Caribbean Community (Edwin Carrington) has now said it is his firm belief that security must become the fourth pillar of the Community,” she stated.Miss Mottley, who is Chair of the Security Sub-committee overseeing preparations for the mega event, was speaking at a press briefing during the Sixth Meeting of the Bureau of the Council of Ministers of National Security and Law Enforcement, held recently at the National Security Ministry in Port of Spain.Among the achievements so far, is the establishment of the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS), which executes a broad portfolio ranging from project management to research and resource mobilisation. Its overall objective is to enhance the individual and collective capacity of CARICOM member states to control crime and effectively participate in international counter crime and security initiatives.Ms. Mottley also pointed out that a memorandum of understanding on intelligence sharing has also been put in place. “The question of the establishment of an intelligence sharing network, CISNET, among Caribbean countries did not exist before this year,” she stated.In addition, she mentioned, security assistance among the countries in the region has also been facilitated. “We are able to provide assistance beyond the Regional Security System [RSS] countries. This [development] gives us the assurance that we can meet more of our domestic security concerns whether arising from man or natural causes in a more comprehensive way.”Meanwhile, she disclosed that amendments to legislation to allow for the landing of international troops, if there was a major emergency beyond the capacity of the region, was next on the agenda. “We could not have had that before,” she pointed out.Arrangements are also being put in place to deal with the Common CARICOM visa and the Single Domestic Space (SDS). “While these might have a Sunset provision, the truth is that it will give regional policymakers the opportunity to see how best we can address the issue of complete freedom of movement in an economic integration unit, because as you know, the revised Treaty of Chaguaramas limits it certain categories of workers at this stage,” Ms. Mottley explained.The implementation of these arrangements for the hosting of the ICC Cricket World Cup next year, she noted, would give the region the opportunity to test and adjust them.“We have a number of clear successes that will stay beyond Cricket World Cup and that will fundamentally improve the capacity of regional law enforcement to maintain order domestically, regionally and indeed will be an excellent companion to the establishment of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy,” Ms. Mottley argued.The ICC Cricket World Cup will take place between March and April, next year. Advertisements CWC will Improve Region’s Security Infrastructure – Mottley UncategorizedDecember 15, 2006 RelatedCWC will Improve Region’s Security Infrastructure – Mottley RelatedCWC will Improve Region’s Security Infrastructure – Mottley RelatedCWC will Improve Region’s Security Infrastructure – Mottley
- New Dimension to PATH Programme
RelatedNew Dimension to PATH Programme FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A new dimension is being added to the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH), to identify and assist working age persons in beneficiary households.Making the announcement in the House of Representatives on Wednesday (July 9), Minister of Labour and Social Security, Pearnel Charles said the new initiative, ‘Step to Work’, will enable persons to become more employable, and to obtain and retain employment.“The Ministry will provide counselling, job readiness skills, remedial education, skills training, financial support for micro businesses and job placement. The government wants to help those who are willing to help themselves, to get on a programme of sustainable social and economic development,” he told the Lower House.This initiative is being supported by a number of agencies, including the HEART Trust/NTA, the National Youth Service, Jamaica Foundation for Lifelong Learning, and the Jamaica Business Development Centre.Step to Work is currently being piloted in the parishes of Kingston and St. Andrew, Manchester, Clarendon, and St. James for two years, targeting 8,700 working age members of PATH households.“We believe that if you teach a man to fish, he will be better positioned to earn and support his family on a sustained basis. Through Step to Work, we will be moving people from a state of dependence. We will be opening the doors of opportunity to them, thereby ensuring that the vulnerable among us will make the transition out of poverty,” the Minister said.He also used the opportunity to appeal to Members of Parliament to submit the names of persons in their constituencies, who they consider eligible for assistance under PATH, to the Ministry. RelatedNew Dimension to PATH Programme New Dimension to PATH Programme UncategorizedJuly 14, 2008 RelatedNew Dimension to PATH Programme Advertisements