Golding Sees Little Use in CARICOM Skills Certificates


Chairman of the CARICOM Review Commission, Bruce Golding says countries in the region shouldn’t need to rely so heavily on skills certificates before being granted a permit to work in the region.

A report in the Jamaica Gleaner on Sunday revealed that some Caribbean nationals have been submitting fraudulent skills certificates in order to be granted permits to work in other CARICOM countries.

Mr. Golding says he’s also uncertain if the Jamaican government had developed a new certificate with specific security guaranteed features to minimise the problem.

Meanwhile, Agricultural workers and security guards are in line to join the 10 other categories of workers that can benefit under the regime.

However, Mr. Golding says a majority of CARICOM countries have not yet approved all the categories.

In the meantime, Mr. Golding cites a lack of trust among Caribbean territories as one of the main reasons holding back integration.

He says CARICOM Leaders must now desist from committing to an integration process if they aren’t prepared to do so.

In 2018, Tauna won the UNICEF Media Award for Excellence in Reporting on Children’s Rights. She graduated from CARIMAC in 2015 and joined NNN in 2016. Since then, she’s covered several high-profile court cases including the X6 murder trial, the police death squad trial and is currently covering the Uchence Wilson Gang trial. Thomas is the Producer of Talking History heard on Nationwide Radio every Saturday.

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