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Resolution negotiation and conflict
resolution skills workshop
Port of Spain, February 24-27
"This was an exceptional workshop! I am now very informed in the subject and
I have been applying the concepts and principles learnt. Both instructors were
excellent facilitators. Thank you."
- Kamini Heeralal-Khan, General Manager HR (Ag.), Trinidad & Tobago Postal Corporation
Dominica has given its support for closer regional
integration saying that it was necessary in a
changing global environment.
Trade Minister Ian Douglas, addressing the start of a
two-day workshop for media workers on the Caribbean
Community (Caricom) Single Market and Economy
(CSME), said Dominica is "fully committed to the inte-
"There are tremendous benefits to be derived for our
citizens from the integration movement. The world is
increasingly becoming globalised into trading blocs...and
as a result, we as vulnerable economies must remain
together so that we can be stronger. We can either swim
together or sink one by one," he told the opening ceremony
here on Monday night.
Douglas said that the single economic space within the
15-member Caricom grouping has created more oppor-
tunities for trade.
"Any Dominican product or any Dominican professional
can move within and throughout the region free of any
impediments as long as you have the Caricom Skills Cer-
tificate. And these opportunities are being created for
hassle free travel and for the establishment of local busi-
nesses anywhere in the region without impediments,"
The CSME allows for the free movement of goods,
services, labour and skills across the region and Douglas
said these were among the "tangible benefits that can be
had from the integration process.
"And this is why we in Dominica will support any and
every effort towards the sensitisation of the public on the
elements of the Treaty of Chaguaramas and that is why
the media personally and the spokesperson are important
to the process," he said.
The two-day workshop here is part of a series of ini-
tiatives being undertaken by the Guyana-based Caricom
Secretariat to sensitise the region to the functions of the
Deputy Programme Manager at the CSME Unit, Phillip
Mc Claren said that the public awareness campaign is
also being undertaken in St Vincent and the Grenadines,
Grenada, Jamaica, Belize, Guyana, Antigua and Barbuda,
St Kitts-Nevis and St Lucia.
"Public education is a critical component that is in our
view an absolute necessity to inform Caricom nationals
how they can access these rights and participate in the
process of regional integration," he said. Caribbean360.com
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart Monday urged Bar-
badians to work towards maintaining a high level
of excellence in the country. "The race upon which
we are embarked is for a place at the top and not
a place at the bottom. So, let us use this week to
remind ourselves that an indispensable prerequisite
of where we want to be is the attainment of excellence at all times
in everything we do, and everything we produce; whether goods
or services," he said.
Delivering the feature address at launch of the National Productivity
Council s Annual week of Excellence, Prime Minister Stuart said
if Barbados is to achieve excellence, there must be a higher level
of engagement by all workers.
He told his audience that this higher level of engagement would
only be possible when the fostering of constructive relationships,
based on mutual respect between the various categories of personnel
in a work place, was deemed by all concerned to be an essential
part of the work environment.
Prime Minister Stuart said that Barbados human resource was
the cornerstone upon which recovery, growth, development and
prosperity would lie.
"So, in addition to the need for individuals to seek to build better
and more constructive working relationships, the government for
its part must also take great care to ensure that policies, programmes
and strategies are designed to enable our human resources to make
the maximum possible contribution towards the development of
"I cannot overstate the importance of tripartite fora such as
these, where representatives of government, the private sector and
labour can come together to discuss pertinent issues of national
He said through mechanisms such as the Social Partnership,
the people-centred approach to social and economic development
"Such mechanisms place people at the heart of social and eco-
nomic policies, thereby ensuring that the results of these policies
redound to the overall benefit of the country s citizens," he told
During his address, Prime Minister Stuart highlighted the National
Initiative for Service Excellence Employee Engagement Index for
August to October 2011 that indicated that only three out of every
10 Barbadian employees were engaged at work.
He said that the measurement also confirmed that there was
little difference between the levels of employee engagement within
the country s public sector (31 per cent) and private sector (33 per
"These findings showed that both the Government and the
private sector are yet to harness the full potential of the Barbadian
workforce," he said, noting that he did not know if the study had
been updated, but stressed that it was recent enough to still be
Prime Minister Stuart noted that the successful development
of a nation required good leadership at all levels, including at the
political, social, economic and religious spheres, as well as the
He told delegates that the year-round pursuit of excellence for
Barbados was now an inescapable imperative of living in an increas-
ingly globalised world and that no nation in today s world could
claim to make progress without an obvious commitment to the
pursuit of excellence, while maintaining that there was no room
Dominica 'fully committed'
to Caribbean CSME
Barbadians must ensure high
level of excellence---Stuart
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