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    Regional associations of human resource managers and practitioners have merged to form one body, which will seek to seize the opportunities and tackle the challenges presented by the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME).
    This new organization, called Human Resource Management of the Caribbean (HRMAC), was formally launched on November 19 during the staging of the annual conference of the Human Resource Management Association of Jamaica (HRMAJ).
    The conference was held at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort from November 17 to 20 under the theme: ‘Energizing Regional Prosperity – High Morale, Productivity and Quality’.
    In addition to local bodies, representatives from the human resource associations of Barbados, Bahamas and Trinidad and Tobago were also on hand to sign the memorandum of understanding for the establishment of the HRMAC.
    Chairman of HRMAJ, Karl Williams, explained that working within the framework of CARICOM and in collaboration with the International Human Resource Management Association, the “HRMAC will influence the development of human capital and optimize the productivity and performance of employees within the CSME.”
    The objectives of HRMAC, he said, were to promote human resource management as critical to corporate transformation, success and sustainability and employee development and fulfillment and to ensure active research and publications to provide relevant and current information for human resource professionals and practitioners.
    “HRMAC shall recommend policies and procedures for the effectiveness of labour laws and human resource development practices. It shall provide accreditation certification for human resource professionals and ensure recognition and acceptance of this certification throughout the Caribbean and the international community,” Mr. Williams noted further, adding that the organization would also lead lobby efforts and influence regional and national policy decisions.
    Meanwhile, Sonya Lequay-Andrews, representative of the Human Resource Management Association of Trinidad and Tobago (HRMATT), said that her organization was proud to be a part of the new regional body.
    “We anticipate the many opportunities to strengthen the human resource profession in the region and to build our ties with our regional partners,” she said.
    In her remarks, president of the Human Resource Management Association of the Bahamas, Simone Cartwright pledged to support of HRMAC. “I believe that this regional initiative is very critical and very strategic at this time and certainly very indicative of the role of the human resource professionals. It is one that will take the corporate vision and advance it,” she stated.
    President of the Human Resource Management Association of Barbados (HRMAB), Yvette Brown, expressed pleasure at the launch of HRMAC and informed that HRMAB would be hosting its first conference next October.
    “We need our membership to support this conference and show to the Caribbean that we are CSME ready,” she told the audience.