CA­RI­COM laun­ches on­li­ne skills mo­ve­ment ap­pli­ca­ti­ons

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

In what is being vie­wed as a ma­jor de­vel­op­ment for the re­gi­on, CA­RI­COM is to­day ex­pec­ted to start the im­ple­men­ta­ti­on of an on­li­ne sy­s­tem that will dra­ma­ti­cally im­pro­ve the ap­pli­ca­ti­ons for free mo­ve­ment of skills in the re­gi­on. The Mi­ni­stry of Fo­reign Af­fairs, in its an­noun­ce­ment, said that the CA­RI­COM Sin­gle Mar­ket and Eco­no­my (CSME) Ap­pli­ca­ti­on Pro­ces­sing Sy­s­tem (CAPS) is a cru­ci­al com­po­nent of a lar­ger ini­ti­a­ti­ve to ma­ke the rights of ci­ti­zens in the re­gi­on mo­re ac­ces­si­ble and to en­su­re a hig­her le­vel of ef­fi­ci­en­cy and ef­fec­ti­ve­ness in the pro­ces­sing of the­se rights.

“The CAPS is a ful­ly in­te­gra­ted web-ba­sed in­for­ma­ti­on ma­na­ge­ment sy­s­tem and will fa­ci­li­ta­te the mo­ve­ment of skil­led per­sons and tem­po­ra­ry ser­vi­ce pro­vi­ders across the 12 par­ti­ci­pa­ting mem­ber sta­tes, by ef­fi­cient­ly pro­ces­sing a sig­ni­fi­cant num­ber of do­cu­ments which fall un­der the dif­fe­rent pro­ces­ses,” the Fo­reign Af­fairs Mi­ni­stry ex­plai­ned. The sy­s­tem was de­vel­o­ped in 2014 un­der the Ca­na­di­an-fun­ded CA­RI­COM Tra­de and Com­pe­ti­ti­ve­ness Pro­ject and is ex­pec­ted to con­tri­bu­te to the achie­ve­ment of the full in­te­gra­ti­on of the na­ti­o­nal mar­kets of mem­ber sta­tes of the Com­mu­ni­ty in­to a sin­gle, uni­fied and open mar­ket area.

“In ad­di­ti­on to this, the CAPS al­so res­ponds to man­da­tes as cap­tu­red in the Re­vi­sed Tre­a­ty of Cha­gu­a­ra­mas which among other things, calls for the mo­der­ni­sa­ti­on of Govern­ments bu­reau­cra­cies. In ad­di­ti­on to ad­dres­sing the­se spe­ci­fic tre­a­ty man­da­tes, the sy­s­tem will al­so ge­ne­ra­te re­lia­ble da­ta on mo­ve­ment in the Sin­gle Mar­ket.”

The ab­sen­ce of in­for­ma­ti­on has been a chal­len­ge for the com­mu­ni­ty and mem­ber sta­tes which ha­ve been grap­pling with the is­sue of da­ta col­lec­ti­on in the im­ple­men­ta­ti­on of the CSM, the mi­ni­stry dis­clo­sed yes­ter­day.

“Sin­ce its de­vel­op­ment the­re has been ex­ten­si­ve trai­ning on the CAPS both at the na­ti­o­nal and re­gi­o­nal le­vels and mem­ber sta­tes ha­ve rea­died their na­ti­o­nal ope­ra­ti­ons to fa­ci­li­ta­te the use of the CAPS. Fol­lo­wing dis­cus­si­ons on the launch of the CAPS, the de­ci­si­on was ta­ken to start the im­ple­men­ta­ti­on of the CAPS on 1 No­vem­ber 2016,” the mi­ni­stry said.

“In light of the abo­ve, in­te­rested per­sons are in­vi­ted to start using the on­li­ne tool and send their elec­tro­nic ap­pli­ca­ti­on. The web­si­te is­ri­com. org.”

The mi­ni­stry as­ked that per­sons in­te­rested in mo­re in­for­ma­ti­on on the is­su­an­ce of the CA­RI­COM Skil­led Cer­ti­fi­ca­tes in Gu­y­a­na to ma­ke con­tact with its CA­RI­COM Unit lo­ca­ted on its of­fi­ce.

In re­cent ye­ars, mo­re and mo­re per­sons ha­ve been ap­ply­ing for the cer­ti­fi­ca­tes which ha­ve al­lo­wed them to gain em­ploy­ment in CA­RI­COM mem­ber sta­tes.


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