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Free Movement of Labour and Regulatory Harmonization Issues in CARICOM . Ramesh Chaitoo Services Trade Specialist, CRNM firstname.lastname@example.org OAS Workshop on Labour Dimension of FTAs and Regional Integration Processes Port of Spain, July 10, 2007. CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) .
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Services Trade Specialist, CRNM
OAS Workshop on Labour Dimension of FTAs and Regional Integration Processes
Port of Spain, July 10, 2007
(a) is a citizen of a Member State; or
(b) has a connection with a Member State of a kind which entitles that person to be regarded as belonging to or, if it be so expressed, as being a native or resident of such a Member State for the purposes of the laws thereof relating to immigration;
Acceptance of Diplomas, Certificates and Other Evidence of Qualifications
1. COHSOD, ….. shall establish common standards and measures for accreditation or when necessary for the mutual recognition of diplomas, certificates and other evidence of qualifications of nationals of the Member States in order to facilitate access to, and engagement in, employment and non-wage-earning activities in the Community.
2. The Member States shall establish or employ, as the case may be, appropriate mechanisms to establish common standards to determine equivalency or accord accreditation to diplomas, certificates and other evidence of qualifications secured by nationals of other Member States.
3. COHSOD shall also establish measures for the coordination of legislative and administrative requirements of the Member States for the participation of Community nationals in employment and for the conduct of non-wage-earning activities in the Community.
Step 1 - Implementation of common Skills Legislation to allow the free movement of university graduates
Step 2 - Development of regulatory and administrative arrangements for free movement
Step 3 - Establishment of a national and regional accreditation infrastructure
Step 4 – Introduction of model legislation for professional services to allow convergence of regulations; slow process
1st initiative - Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medical and Other Health Professions
In the absence of professional bodies in the case of artisans, it is a challenge to ensure standards across region.
National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) and Caribbean Vocational Qualifications (CVQs) are being implemented in an effort to address this.
In the case of ‘equivalent qualifications’ there has to be regional collaboration among the accreditation bodies.