(Georgetown, Guyana February 11, 2015) As part of the ongoing Regional consultancy to enhance information flows on the CARICOM Single Market (CSM) in six Member States, twenty four Guyanese have been inducted into the CSM Spokespersons Bureau – a regional team mandated to speak on the CARICOM Single Market to the media and the public.
The inductees recently benefitted from a two-day training exercise coordinated by Guyana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and facilitated by Right Angle Imaging Consultancy. The training was conducted under the CARICOM Trade and Competitiveness Project (CTCP) Component 300 being funded by the Government of Canada and executed by a Saint Lucia based firm, Right Angle Imaging Consultancy, with institutional support from the CARICOM Secretariat CSME Unit.
At the opening of the two-day workshop participants, drawn from agencies including the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Tourism, Legal Affairs, Health, Home Affairs, Education, and the National Accreditation Council, among others, were given an overview of Guyana’s progress since signing onto the CSM in 2006. Delivering the latter presentation, CSME Focal Point and Foreign Service Officer III, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Aneesha Allie noted that the Foreign Ministry is working to significantly decrease the waiting time for CSM free movement certificate applicants based on a new electronic system. In addition, the synchronizing of a regional database to verify an applicant’s information within any participating member state is expected to complement national efforts, Allie informed.
In presenting an overview on the Services Sector, Deputy Programme for Services at the CARICOM Secretariat, Timothy Odle, emphasized that CARICOM citizens should be educated about their rights and opportunities to establish services within the CSM rather than becoming absorbed as mere employees.
On the second day of the training workshop participants were exposed to training on spokesperson role, qualities and behaviors; Speaking contexts; What the media can and cannot do; and What the Media wants. Practical approaches to framing messages and negotiating the media interview were also facilitated by RAI Team member, Communications Consultant, Carolyn Walcott.
Each inductee now equipped with a Spokespersons Toolkit, expressed enthusiasm during the practice interview sessions, while most say they are excited about sharing the CSM message nationally. Media workers are set to receiving training Feb 16-17 as activities under Guyana’s information flows project wind down.