Grenadian journalists are expected to be more informed and able to report on the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), after participating in a 10-hour workshop geared at improving information flows on the initiative, which is also regarded as the CARICOM Single Market (CSM).
Twenty-seven (27) media practitioners participated in the session held at the Radisson Hotel in Grand Anse on March 20, under the theme “5 W’s Pathway to Ground Breaking News Content On The CSME – Mining the Hidden Gems.”
It was aimed at bridging knowledge gaps on the CSM, as well as dispelling lingering confusion with the nuances in the interpretation of the rights that attend Grenadians’ dual status as CARICOM Nationals and OECS Citizens amongst media workers here.
The workshop provided a better understanding of the CSME, its institutions, its implementation milestones and the five CSME regimes – Free movement of Skills, Goods, Services, Capital and the Right of Establishment.
Participants were exposed to some of the landmark rulings of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), which provided a deeper understanding of the CSM as a macrocosm of each individual state, which make up the space.
With the new knowledge acquired, members of the media are expected to assist in ensuring that democratic principles such as good governance, representation, equity and justice are interpreted through the news, as CARICOM nationals exercise their right to move, work and do business across the 12 Member States.
At the end of the workshop, participants received certificates as proof of participation.
The workshop was one of three that were specifically tailored to target select stakeholder groups and it followed a CARICOM Single Market Spokespersons Training Workshop, which targeted local traders, exporters, professionals and CARICOM Youth Ambassadors, as well as public sector workers who facilitate applications under the four regimes of CARICOM.
Prior to this, Grenadian teachers were trained on methods to teach on the CSME through subjects such as Social Studies, Business and Geography.
Workshop facilitator, Barbara Jacobs-Small said participants are expected to break new ground in their coverage of the CSME, thereby effectively informing the Grenadian public on how they can tap into the window of opportunities that awaits them.
The media training concluded activities under the CARICOM Single Market Information Flows Project, which is building the framework for heightened public education and awareness on the CSME, led by the focal point Ministries in the six CARICOM beneficiary Member States of Belize, Jamaica, Dominica, Grenada and Guyana and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs is the CSME focal point in Grenada.