CARICOM’s Human Resource Development Strategy as Investment in Human Capital

first_img Regional Spotlight Programme launched to help eliminate… During the Annual Judicial Conference in St Kitts in the week of May 26, 2019, I met with Justice  Mario Michel of the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal  and reminisced  about his tenure as Chair of the CARICOM Council of Human and Social Development in 2000 while he was Minister of Education and Culture, Saint Lucia.  We recalled the daring attempt to pioneer an integrated approach to human development for CARICOM  under the theme ”Investing in Human Capital with equity”. That discussion stimulated  this blog and is a tribute to Justice Michel’s creative leadership.  It is heartening to note that the CARICOM Secretariat and its partners have revived  this quest through the Human Resource Development Strategy (2018). The Fourth Meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) held  in Georgetown, Guyana on 4 October 2000,  deliberated on an initiative for formulating an  integrated model of social policy under the theme, “Investing in Human Capital with Equity”. The diagram shows,  the programme areas  of the Directorate of Human and Social Development  deemed to be central  to Human Capital Development (HCD).  The logic for the integrated HCD model was predicated on the assumption of Education and Health as  core areas; Culture and Labour/workforce as overlapping; gender and youth as complementary; and  Sport, crime and security  as intervening.   The concept  was to project these social policy aspects of functional cooperation in  a multidimensional, measurable approach to HCD. The vision was to represent the integrated implementation of these functional areas as vital to the viability of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).  One practical outcome of the HCD initiative was streamlining  the annual work programme of the Directorate of Human and Social Development. Whereas in 2000, there were 54 strategic outcomes among eight programme areas, by  2004,  the realignment according to the inter-sectoral matrix -planning approach adopted, resulted in 12 strategic outputs.It is  important to note that  there continued to be  a search for a methodology to operationalize the HCD model.  The exercise  was taking place at a time when CARICOM and other regions were steeped in the follow up to  1995  World Summit on Social Development, (WSSD) in Copenhagen,  the largest gathering of Heads of States and governments up to that time, that resolved to put people  at the centre of development. The WSSD was the precursor to the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Since the eight (8) MDGs established targets that overlapped with the eight  (8) CARICOM HCDs, the latter concept while retained and advocated over the next 5 years, was never fully operationalized. It was superseded by the MDGs to which all CARICOM States became committed . the 32nd CARICOM COHSOD in May 2018,  the Human Capital Development Initiative was revived. The  recommendations  of the  Commission on  Human Resource Development (HRD) were accepted  under the theme,  ‘Positioning Human Resource as Central to Caribbean Resilience and Development’. It established  strategic priorities for  improving access, relevance, equity and quality. It is intended to be a multi-sectoral-people-centered approach to development, in which human development is at the core of sustainable development.  Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, CARICOM Secretary General  aptly puts it:“By mainstreaming HRD, it becomes possible to realize goals related not only to the areas of human and social development, but critically, to our economic development. The enhancement of our human capital is fundamental to the success of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME)”.The CARICOM HRD Strategy converges  with the elements of the World Bank’s  Human Capital Project. It addresses deficiencies at all levels in the education system aimed at ensuring  that  people of the Region are adequately equipped with 21st century skills and competencies. It is aligned to the CARICOM Strategic Plan aimed at  social, economic, technological and environmental resilience.  Its elements also relate to  targets of the  UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #4, which  promotes “inclusive and equitable quality education and promotes lifelong learning opportunities for all” and  SDG # 8  that promotes  “sustained inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.These are, in fact, the essence of the  lessons learned from the World Bank HCP that were the focus of the GOFAD Blog (May 31, 2019). Myrna Bernard, former CARICOM  Director of Human and Social  Development, who was a member  of the Commission on HRD (2018) and one of the architects of the HCD (2000) provides a useful summary: CARICOM HRD Initiative,  places emphasis also on early childhood development interventions championed by Guyana’s First Lady,  Sandra Granger that promote nurturing care—health, nutrition, responsive caregiving, security and safety, and early learning.  It refers to  empirical evidence showing that early childhood programmes may cost as little as 50 cents per child per year, when combined with existing services such as health. And it is supported by the science and economics that are clearly on the side of investing in the first 1,000 days of a child’s life. The cost of not doing so is higher. Children fall behind long before they set foot in school. [Lancet’s Series, Advancing Early Childhood Development: from Science to Scale].  The HRD initiative  is concerned that in the CARICOM region there is less public provisioning for early childhood education, especially for the 0-2 year age group, as opposed to the pre-school years. The uneven funding distribution across sectors is striking; expenditure on pre-primary as share of government expenditure on education is only 2.9% compared to primary at 34.9% and 40.3% for secondary education.  Research shows that a child’s brain develops faster in the first 2-3 years than at any other time in life.  These are the same attributes that are reflected in the Human Capital Project (see GOFAD blog May 10, 2019. ) Among the  other elements of human capital which CARICOM’s HRD actively relates  to,  isthe creation of cultural entrepreneurs for which it has established through CDB;a Creative Industries Innovation Fund (CIIF) facility  capitalized at US$2.9M, intended to be a multi-donor fund to encourage innovation, job creation;and sustainable capacity-building of the sector.In addition,  the CARICOM  HRD is complemented by a regional accreditation mechanism for   Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ)  and the Technical and Vocational Education and Training  (TVET)  coordinated by Caribbean Association of National Training Agencies (CANTA), designed as an integral part of the common qualification framework,  preparing manpower for development across CARICOM. So far, seven CARICOM countries have fulfilled the stringent technical and other competency criteria  associated with specific occupations:   Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, St. Lucia, Grenada, Guyana and St Vincent and the Grenadines.The Caribbean Community Secretariat has over time pioneered several programmes of great significance.  Most of these are classic examples of how small states can perform with distinction by pooling resources. Others like the human capital initiative and the related human resource development strategy  are worthy tools that can transform the Region. The problem remains: moving from concept to reality which in most times is beyond the reach of the technical officers in the CARICOM Secretariat. Solving the implementation deficit is a matter of governance and leadership of Member States and of political will at the regional level. (Reposted from GOFAD Blog)Take-a-waysCARICOM’s  HRD Strategy – the underpinnings of functional cooperation.Investing in human capital – fundamental to the success of the CSME.A  child’s brain develops faster in the first 2-3 years than at any other time in life.Solving the implementation deficit is a matter of governance, leadership and  political will.  Beyond the Pandemic: Harnessing the Digital Revolution to… You may be interested in… Sep 29, 2020 Ahead of Biodiversity Summit, UN Officials call for Action… Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading…center_img Eddie Greene Oct 8, 2020 Sep 28, 2020 CARICOM Region sets Baseline, Targets for Human Resource… HRD Strategy: another step in evolution of development of regional capital – CARICOM SGSecretary-General of the Caribbean Community, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, has described the Human Resource Development (HRD) Strategy as another step in the evolution of the development of human capital in the Region. The Secretary-General was speaking at the opening ceremony of the Council for Human and Social Development COHSOD. The ceremony…May 3, 2018In “Anguilla”Barbados hosts national consultation to inform development of CARICOM’s 2020 Strategic PlanEnergy independence and food security were among the new and emerging issues identified at a consultation to inform the development of the Caribbean Community(CARICOM) Results Focused Strategic Plan 2020. The consultation with stakeholders from the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors, included persons with disabilities, the University of the West Indies,…March 19, 2020In “#IAMCARICOM”CARICOM Secretary-General addresses Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers Association’s AGMWhile the CSME continues to be a work in progress, it is sufficiently advanced to be used more effectively by the private sector.  There has been significant progress in several specific ways.  There is free trade in goods and services, free movement of skills and capital, and the cross-border establishment…April 11, 2018In “General”Share this on WhatsApp Aug 24, 2020last_img read more

New Contaminant Found In Drinking Water

first_imgThe Suffolk County Water Authority is concerned about a new source of contamination, and that there hasn’t been enough money set aside to clean it up.In December, the New York State Drinking Water Quality Control organization recommended levels of 1,4-dioxane be lowered to one part per billion. Jeff Szabo, the CEO of Suffolk County Water Authority, said so far, about 600 private drinking water wells have tested positive. Apparently, the chemical has been used for years in a wide array of products as a stabilizing agent without being detected.Szabo and Timothy Hopkins, the SCWA general counsel, are convinced the findings thus far are just the tip of the iceberg. There is a fix they think can nip the problem in the bud, but the cost is prohibitive. The pair met with The Independent editorial staff on March 8, hoping to drum up support for state funding to deal with the matter.“There was no effective treatment but we have developed one,” Szabo said. It involves treating a body of water with hydrogen peroxide in a light field, triggering advanced oxidization. The water then runs through a granulated active carbon filter from there. The problem is, the system in expensive, Szabo said, with only $3.5 million per applicant allotted.There is a light at the end of the tunnel. New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has established a state fund with $200 million in it this year for water cleanup. Szabo and Hopkins hope some of that money will flow to Long Island.The New York Drinking Water Quality Council, in December, recommended dropping the maximum level of contaminant from 1.4 PPB to one.“We are advocating state money for the East End,” Szabo said. “When the drinking water quality goes down, the rates will go up.” He is urging well owners to lobby for the needed funds to test wells. “Ensuring the safety of the drinking water we serve to 1.2 million Suffolk residents is our top priority. Our water is exhaustively tested by our chemists around the clock and at a higher frequency than required by state and federal regulators,” Szabo said. “Our water, regulated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, is held to stricter health standards.” Sharelast_img read more

Looking to a fuel cell future: Shanghai Motor Show

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Powell Valves completes China manufacturing facility

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Shell to fuel Sovcomflot’s LNG-powered Aframax quartet

first_imgImage courtesy of SovcomflotA unit of the Hague-based LNG giant Shell has signed a deal with Russia’ Sovcomflot to supply liquefied natural gas to the first Aframax crude oil tankers in the world to be powered by the chilled fuel.Under the deal, Shell Western LNG B.V. will refuel the vessels from a specialised LNG bunker vessel that will load at the Dutch Gate terminal located in the port of Rotterdam, and a secondsupply point in the Baltics, according to a statement by Shell.Hyundai Heavy Industries’ unit, Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries, has recently been contracted to build the LNG-fueled aframax tankers for Sovcomflot.The order for the four vessels is valued at $240 million.The four Aframax tankers will operate in the Baltic Sea and Northern Europe transporting crude oil and petroleum products.The ice-classed, dual-fuelled tankers are scheduled to come into operation beginning in the third quarter of 2018 and will be among the first LNG-fuelled vessels with variable and flexible routes.last_img read more

Mick George chosen for Bassingbourn Barracks works

first_imgMick George’s demolition and asbestos removal will pave the way for up to 12,500 military personnel to use the new mission training and mobilisation centre at BassingbournThis project, on behalf of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) will see the relocation of the British Army’s Mission Training and Mobilisation Centre (MTMC) and will entail the refurbishment of accommodation blocks, social facilities, offices, classrooms, training areas, medical and dental facilities.Scheduled for completion during the summer of 2021, the scheme will provide infrastructure that allows the MTMC to train effectively in one location, with up to 1,000 staff and troops on site at peak times.The new amenity will play a critical role in the training of around 12,500 military personnel every year as well as the training of a battlegroup which will be deployed in Afghanistan to carry out Operation Toral – a military operation using British forces in Afghanistan to teach their Afghan counterparts protection and security techniques.The works are part of “Project Hercules” and follows the first phase of work to bring the barracks back into use by the British Army. The initial stage of the MTMC saw elements based in Kent in the south east of England relocated to Bassingbourn at the end of 2018.Project Hercules supports the UK Ministry of Defence’s optimisation of the defence estate by co-locating capability and disposing of sites that the military no longer needs. Having been awarded the £17 million (US$24 million) contract for the Bassingbourn Barracks redevelopment near Cambridge, United Kingdom, Kier Graham Defence has appointed the Mick George Group to complete demolition and asbestos removal works.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#last_img read more

Differences of opinion

first_imgThe impending exit of the UK from the European Union (EU) is likely to present many challenges and uncertainties for businesses throughout the land in the months and years ahead. At the time this article went to press on Monday, Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon and UK prime minister Teresa May were readying themselves for a meeting in Edinburgh and the Scottish parliament debate on independence was set to resume on Tuesday. But, even if Sturgeon’s renewed attempts to trigger a second Scottish independence referendum falls flat, the UK’s exit from the EU has the potential to cause a greater divergence in the law relevant to the construction industry north and south of the border.Scotland has a distinct legal system which was preserved by the Act of Union with England in 1707. A devolved legislature and government – the Scottish parliament and Scottish government – were then established in 1999, with legislative and administrative powers over a range of areas not expressly “reserved” to Westminster. These areas include justice, education and healthcare. The Scottish government is formed of the Scottish National Party, which favours Scottish independence within the EU, and the Scottish parliament, which comprises a majority of members who support independence.After the EU referendum, which saw the majority of those in Scotland vote to remain in the EU, the first minister stated that a second Scottish independence referendum was “on the table”. The UK government is now considering the Scottish government’s post-Brexit plan, which argues that Scotland should remain in the European Single Market even if the rest of the UK decides to leave.EU law covers a range of areas, some of which sit within the competence of the Scottish parliament, and some of which are reserved to Westminster. It sets the parameters within which the legislatures can act. When the UK leaves the EU, all the powers previously held by the EU will be “repatriated” to the UK. The UK legislatures would then be free to amend or replace EU law which falls within their competence. This would apply to the Scottish parliament in respect of devolved areas, assuming that there is no “repatriation” of powers previously devolved back to Westminster. In principle, once the parameters of EU law cease to apply, there may be more scope for differences to emerge in devolved areas.We are at the start of long and uncertain road as far as Brexit is concernedThis is subject to a couple of qualifications: first, any new (or transitional) relationship between the EU and the UK may require the UK to continue to give effect to EU law and, second, there will almost certainly be international legal commitments that will still need to be respected across the UK.An example of an area which is currently subject to EU law and which is devolved to the Scottish parliament is public procurement law. This is regulated at EU level by a number of EU directives which are implemented in Scotland by regulations of the Scottish parliament. On Brexit, the Scottish parliament will have competence to legislate on the matters covered by the directives.Given that the Scottish government’s preferred option for Scotland is independence within the EU or, failing that, membership for Scotland of the European Single Market, then it might be expected that the Scottish government would maintain public procurement law broadly in accordance with European directives, despite not being legally obliged to do so.However, it is possible that Westminster may decide to take a different approach south of the border. Although it is very unlikely that, in the event of a “hard” Brexit, public procurement will cease to be regulated altogether, participation in the World Trade Organisation’s procurement regime may provide scope for a more restricted application of procurement rules and more flexibility in the design of transparent award procedures.It is also possible that a Brexit settlement between Westminster and Holyrood may involve further powers being devolved to the Scottish parliament, including powers repatriated from the EU in areas currently reserved to Westminster, such as health and safety at work and employment law. The Scottish government is seeking devolution of these and other areas in their post-Brexit plan. Although devolution of these areas seems unlikely, Westminster having resisted this in the aftermath of the 2014 Scottish independence referendum, things may change as Brexit gets closer, particularly in light of the Scottish government’s proposals for a second Scottish independence referendum. In that situation the distinction between reserved and devolved areas of law could, itself, have a limited shelf-life.We are at the start of long and uncertain road as far as Brexit is concerned. It is difficult to predict with any degree of certainty what shape the UK’s arrangement with the EU will take after Brexit, and the current political dynamic between Westminster and Holyrood will undoubtedly continue to create tensions within the UK. However, firms operating in the construction sector would be brave to bet against increased differences in law and policy between the two jurisdictions in the years ahead.Jonathan Gaskell is a construction lawyer and Gavin Deeprose is a professional support lawyer in the Edinburgh office of global law firm DLA Piperlast_img read more

178 million tonnes for Antwerp but conventional cargoes still well down

first_imgWhilst liquid bulk also set an all-time record this year, the perfomance of conventional/breakbulk cargoes – although better than in 2009 – still remains below the 2008 level, although Antwerp remains the leading breakbulk port in Europe, albeit under increasing pressure lately.Conventional/breakbulk tonnages increased by 6.3 percent to 11.1 million tonnes, but remain far below the level in 2008 (down 34.4 percent).The number of seagoing ships calling at Antwerp has risen once more: in 2010 there were 14,750 calls, an increase of 6.0 percent.last_img read more

LOC Group names two

first_imgQuarrington will be supporting the group energy services director (Alex Harrison) with the continued development of LOC’s global marine warranty surveying activities across its 33 offices. A master mariner by background, Quarrington has worked for large engineering consultancies and oil companies around the world taking the lead on a range of oil and gas projects. He has many years of experience in marine warranty surveying and has developed extensive relationships in the insurance markets in Houston,Singapore, Dubai, Oslo and London.McGurran brings 12 years of seagoing experience up to chief engineer plus a further 10 years’ as a marine surveyor and salvage engineer. His particular expertise is in marine casualty investigations including groundings, machinery damage, collisions, total losses, sinkings and offshore asset damage.www.loc-group.comlast_img read more

Aspiring teen model struck by train during photo shoot

first_imgAspiring teen model struck by train during photo shoot Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. SHARE (CNN) A Texas teenager who wanted to become a model was struck and killed by a train during a photo shoot.Fredzania Thompson – or Zanie as she was known to family and friends – was a student at Blinn College, but she had a bigger dream.“She wanted to model. She definitely had the talent, and the smile for it,” Earl Chatman, her fiance told KBTX.According to authorities, Thompson was having photos taken with the train tracks as her backdrop. She began moving away from a train coming down the tracks when she was struck by another train coming in the opposite direction, on another set of tracks.Police say they are investigating the incident, as is “common practice for our agency.”“We do not speculate any foul play at this time,” Justin Leeth, the police chief of Navasota Police Department told CNN.On Monday, family and friends of Thompson gathered to celebrate what would have been her 20th birthday.“Zanie always wanted to make sure everyone was okay. This is paying our tribute to her,” Chatman said to KBTX.A funeral for Thompson is planned for Saturday.CNN attempted to reach out to Chatman for this story, but our request for comment was not returned. Published: March 18, 2017 10:06 PM EDT last_img read more