BRIDGETOWN–A two-day regional consultation to consider draft model legislation to address legislative gaps common to all member states under the Caribbean Community (Caricom) Single Market and Economy (CSME) began here yesterday.The CSME allows for the free movement of goods, service, skills and labour across the community and is viewed as a mechanism for dealing with a changing global environment and strengthening the regional integration movement.
The Guyana-based Caricom Secretariat said the consultation is to ensure there is harmonised legislation across the 15-member grouping, compliant with CSME regimes.The initiative is funded with assistance from the Canadian government under the Caricom Trade and Competitiveness Project (CTCP).The Secretariat said leading up to this regional consultation, national consultations on the draft legislation were conducted from April to July this year in all Caricom member states.
It said some of the legislative areas being reviewed are the Caricom Skilled Nationals Act, the Movement of Factors Act and the Immigration Acts of Member States. Seven drafts will be tabled for discussion."The revised drafts will be considered by the Community's Ministerial Organs before being adopted as model Caricom legislation by the Legal Affairs Committee," the statement said, adding that the consultation here is being attended by senior legal officers and other stakeholders from Caricom countries.