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Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, K.D. Knight has urged administrative professionals to buy into the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), noting that they stood to benefit from the creation of new jobs.
“It is envisaged that the CSME will encourage new investment creating new jobs and as such enable our mostly small businesses to take root and become more efficient in order to take on new challenges brought about by globalization, he stated as he addressed the Jamaica Association of Secretaries and Administrative Professionals’ (JASAP) 14th annual Convention and Education forum in Ocho Rios on Saturday (Oct. 8).
Minister Knight, who spoke on the theme: ‘Strengthening Regional Integration through the CSME’ told the professionals that they must be prepared to undergo new and varied training to adapt to the changing work and cultural environment.
Meanwhile, he pointed out that the year 2005 has been designated the year of the CSME and so an enhanced public education programme has been undertaken given the significance and scale of the undertaking.
“This is in recognition of the need for stakeholder buy in and awareness building strategies as priorities for regional integration.
“There will be challenges and hurdles to overcome but I firmly believe it is the only way forward if we are going to survive as a region,” he said.
He further urged the administrative professionals to think of ways in which they could help to shape and make the necessary reforms in their organizations and not limit their focus to the space and resources available locally.
During the three-day conference, held from October 6 to 9, stakeholders benefited from information on how to equip and empower themselves with the skills, knowledge, understanding, attitude and values required for organizational effectiveness and to increase productivity in the workplace.