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State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Delano Franklyn has said that globalization and the implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) will not negatively affect government assisted educational institutions in Jamaica.
This, he pointed out, was due to the fact that the government was committed to its continued assistance of these institutions as is clearly outlined under the General Agreement on Tariff and Trade (GATT).
He was addressing the HEART Trust/NTA Entrepreneurial Expo 2005, in Montego Bay, yesterday (Oct 12).
Making a presentation on the CSME, Senator Franklyn sought to give the history, purpose and rationale behind the establishment of the CSME, highlighting some of the challenges and opportunities that will become evident with its implementation. He emphasized the importance of education and training when the CSME was implemented a reality, explaining that regionalization would bring with it a market population of 15 million competing for jobs, goods and services.
“So your population base becomes much larger..and if you do not have a well trained work force you will not be able to stand the test of time,” he said.
On education sector, the State Minister noted that there were arguments being put forward that the move towards globalization was opening up the market for an influx of private educational institutions to be established in Jamaica. He explained that whereas allowance would be given for the establishment of private institutions at both the secondary and tertiary levels, it would not be at the demise of state assisted schools.
“We have made a commitment under the GATT that the schools that are now benefiting from state assistance and state subsidy, and that will not change. We are going to come under a lot of pressure for it, but that is the position that has been developed by Jamaica, and also developed by CARICOM,” he stated.
Senator Franklyn pointed out that with the advent of globalization and liberalization, small developing nations such as Jamaica had no choice but to link up with other countries sharing similar experience in the region to see how they could speak with one voice. He advised the over 600 students present that they had a duty to ensure that they understand the realities of Jamaica in 2005.
“It is also important for you to understand that you need to constantly upgrade yourself, if you are to benefit from an institution such as the CSME,” he noted. Senator Franklyn also expressed the opinion that advanced education did not guarantee a job, but instead placed persons “on the frontline” when opportunities were available, and way ahead of the unprepared.