Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Guyana pushing for amendment to CARICOM Skilled Nationals Act

The categories of ‘skilled nationals’ may soon be widened if a proposed amendment to the CARICOM Community (Free Entry of Skilled Nationals) Act is passed in Parliament. Drafted as a means of promoting the free entry of skilled nationals of qualifying Caribbean Community States, the act makes provisions for the entry of skilled nationals from other Caribbean States and the granting of Schedule II certificates to locals.

In addition, qualifications needed to acquire such certificates and several other provisions to ensure that free movement of persons is not hindered. It is one of several pieces of legislation of Member States, which were enacted with the specific purpose of implementing the Free Movement of Skills. These laws are generally known as the Caribbean Community Skilled Nationals Acts.

This latest amendment, tabled by Guyana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett on Thursday last, calls for changes to Section Eight of the Principal Act which covers ‘Qualification for Schedule II Certificates’. Section Eight, subsection One of the Act gives that any applicant who is a citizen of Guyana or of any other qualifying state who holds any of a number of stated qualifications, satisfies the qualification requirements for the grant of a Schedule II Certificate.

The qualifications listed are a Degree from either the University of Guyana or the University of the West Indies, a degree from the University of Suriname, any comparable University degree, any qualification certified by the Secretary-General of CARICOM or any qualification which the Minister prescribes as satisfying the qualification requirements.

The amendment changes the qualifications in that section to now include university graduates, media workers, musicians, artistes, sports persons, teachers, Registered Nurses, persons holding associate degrees, artisans possessing a Caribbean vocational qualification or an approved national vocational qualification or domestics who have obtained a Caribbean vocational qualification. The clauses that make provisions for qualifications certified by the CARICOM Secretary-General or those prescribed as suitable by the Minister are also included.

Any CARICOM National who wishes to seek work in another Member State as a wage earner must apply for and obtain a CARICOM Certificate of Recognition of Skills Qualification (CARICOM Skills Certificate) from the designated Minister in either his/her home country, or from the host country. This Certificate will provide Immigration Officials with proof that the person who is seeking to enter another Member State belongs to the approved categories.

1 comment:

  1. This amendment well help any of Guyana's skilled nationals to go into other Caribbean region and do jobs which they are well skilled in and their a living.