CEO (Ag.) Marcellus Phillip ( 3rd from left), Tourism Advocate( 2nd from right) and Mr. Hendrickson – Seaport Manager (1st from right) with the Students from St. Vincent & the Grenadines
The St. Christopher Air & Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA), continues to make a significant contribution in the area of education with Students Engaged in CSME through a field promotion trip that took place on Tuesday 13thOctober 2015 at the Deep Water Harbor in Bird Rock, St. Kitts.
A group of six (6) young ladies from University of the West Indies and Teachers Education in St. Vincent and the Grenadines visited the Deep Water harbor to discuss the perspective on the CSME where Free Movement of Services is concerned.
This meeting, arranged by the Public Relations Officer, Ms. Nordia Demming ensured that the students were exposed to the mode of free movement of service and examples that are carried out especially here in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.
Also present were two CARICOM representatives. One representative, Anton Shepherd, commented that this visit was a step towards the free border movement exercise under the CSME, and that they hope to have more of these exercises to educate students on what CSME is about and its impact on all of us as a Caribbean People.
Engaging in an open floor discussion and reflecting on his tenure in St. Kitts, the Acting CEO Mr. Marcellus Phillip mentioned to the group of young ladies,
“When I was your age I was never exposed to this type of information that you now have access to and I see the exposure of CARICOM to students better prepares them to be future leaders here in the Caribbean. I too am a product of the free movement of people as I am from St. Lucia but I work here in St. Kitts for quite a number of years and I’m no different from a Kittitian under the laws of CSME. CSME brings all of us together as Caribbean People.”
The CARICOM Secretariat, via the CSME Unit initiated this exercise. This project forms part of a regional mission funded by the European Union, and is designed to enable students from tertiary institutions to visit other CARICOM member states to assess the operations relative to CSME. As such, the Federation hosted a group of students from St. Vincent and the Grenadines during the period 12-17 October, 2015.
Also present at this forum were the Human Resource Manager, Yvette Isles-Gumbs and Seaport Manager, Mr. Loui Hendrickson.
SCASPA acknowledges the importance of corporate assistance, particularly when it falls under the umbrella of youth development and we congratulate the CARICOM Secretariat for this opportunity as they continue to expose students to the CSME, its implications and protocols, via their participation in initiatives such as this one.