Several CARICOM Countries Are Yet To Comply With CSME

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A JAMAICA OFFICIAL says some of her compatriots with CARICOM Skills Certificate are still finding difficulty in working on some countries in the region.

Director of Work Permits in the Ministry of Labour Lisa Grant says that despite discussions with the Jamaican Government, there is still resistance from several CARICOM countries to amend their laws to accommodate additional categories of workers under the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME).  

Grant said that an additional five categories have been added to the list of persons who qualify for a skills certificate to work in CARICOM countries, increasing the number to ten.  

She said despite Jamaica amending its laws to accommodate the additional workers from as far back as 2013, several countries in the region are yet to comply.There has been tension in recent years between Jamaica and other CARICOM countries as nationals complain about mistreatment when they travel within the region.   

There has been tension in recent years between Jamaica and other CARICOM countries as nationals complain about mistreatment when they travel within the region.   

Grant said the Ministry of Labour has been working through the Foreign Affairs Ministry to address the problem.

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