CMI to Host Public Forum on CSME June 16


The Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) will host a public forum next week to discuss the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), and how it is expected to affect the Institute, and by extension, the maritime sector.
It is being put on by the CMI in collaboration with the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social Studies and Economics and Radio Mona FM, and will be held on Thursday, June 16, at the Undercroft of the University of the West Indies from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
This forum will be held under the theme: ‘Globalisation, the CSME and their Impact on the Regional Shipping Industry’.
“We are inviting the public, students and industry personnel, and whoever else has an interest in the CSME, including our politicians, to participate in this Forum,” said Lieutenant Commander Michael Rodriguez, Executive Director of the CMI.
Some of the issues that will be raised at the forum include how the CSME and globalisation will affect the manufacturing-for-export sector in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean; the implications for the shipping industry and persons who service the ships, such as agents, stevedores and other port workers; and how the ports will be affected.
“When we talk about CSME, we are talking about globalisation. We are talking about goods and services that come to and from different places. We manufacture and we export, so we need to know how the CSME and globalisation will impact on what we do and export, and how will it affect our imports,” Lieutenant Commander Rodriguez told JIS News.
The main presenter at the public lecture is James Moss-Solomon, Director of the GraceKennedy Foundation. Mr. Moss-Solomon, who is Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at GraceKennedy and Company Limited, boasts a wealth of knowledge on the various topics to be presented at the forum, having contributed much to the development of the Jamaican business community. He has also served in many executive positions in organisations such as Hi-Lo, Medi-Grace and Industrial Retail and Trading.
Other panellists will include Dr. Patricia Northover, Research Fellow in Economics with the Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of the West Indies (UWI); Robert Stephens, Senior Vice President of Business Development at the Port Authority of Jamaica; and representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade and the Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA). Facilitator for the forum will be Fritz Pinnock from the Shipping Association of Jamaica.
The public forum forms part of the CMI’s 25th anniversary celebrations. Other planned activities include a number of islandwide road shows, workshops and a special awards ceremony for graduates and past students.

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