CARICOM focuses on renewed reform process

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CARICOM focuses on renewed reform process

At the Twenty-third Inter-Sessional Meeting of Caricom Heads of Government in March 2012, a decision was taken to re-examine the direction of the Caricom Community and the arrangements for advancing regional integration.

A new process was therefore established to cause the refocusing and reorganization of the Community through the development and implementation of a Strategic Plan for the period 2014 to 2018.

One of the key elements of this new approach is the decision taken to appoint a Caricom Change Driver in each Member State.

This Change Driver is be responsible for coordinating and facilitating inputs into the new Strategic Plan, and would drive its implementation at the national level. In essence, the Change Driver would serve as “the voice, advocate, enabler and mobilizer for regional integration”. In Saint Lucia, this Change Driver has been identified as Dr. Alison Plummer, the Permanent Secretary of the Office of the Prime Minister.

Given the scope and volume of the work to be undertaken, Dr. Plummer is supported by a National Change Management Team of the following composition:

H.E. June Soomer, Ambassador Plenipotentiary to the OECS and CARICOM;
Ms. Linda Brice from the Ministry of External Affairs, International Trade and Civil Aviation ;
Mrs. Jadia Jean-Pierre, Prime Minister’s Press Secretary;
Mr. Kelvin Antoine, CARICOM Youth Ambassador; and
A senior representative from the Ministry of  Commerce, Business Development, Investment and Consumer Affairs

One of the first tasks of the team is the hosting of a series of national consultations led by a group of Caricom Change Management Consultants. These consultations will take place in Saint Lucia from Wednesday, September 12 to Saturday, September 14, 2013.

During this period, meetings will be held with the Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony and other Government Ministers, Leader of the Opposition – Hon. Stephenson King and other Parliamentarians, as well as representatives from all key social and economic sectors.

In addition, next week Friday at 10:00 a.m., a Public Forum will be held in the Castries Town Hall. This forum will give Public Officers, school children and all other interested persons, an opportunity to express their views on how they can benefit from deeper regional integration, and what is needed to achieve this.

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