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Oct 1, 2019

CARICOM Ministers and Officials Meet in Belize on the Way Forward for the Agricultural Industry in the Region

As you heard, a week of working sessions, including ministerial discussions and stakeholder engagement in respect of agriculture in the region, is taking place in Belize at the Biltmore Plaza. Organized by the CARICOM Secretariat, a total of seven meetings are ongoing on a variety of issues relating to the Regional Agricultural Planners’ Forum, the Fisheries Ministers Council Meeting and the Council for Economic Trade and Development. The ambitious agenda also includes a meeting of sugar stakeholders as well as a second high level meeting between the Ministers of Fisheries from CARICOM and Central America.  Programme Manager for Agriculture and Industry Development at the CARICOM Secretariat, Shaun Baugh says that they are shifting the regional focus from regulation to business.

 

Shaun Baugh

Shaun Baugh, Programme Manager, Agriculture and Industry Development, CARICOM Secretariat

“Each, though different, are connected. For example the planners forum that is going on from yesterday into today, it’s coming together different policy makers from the fifteen members states and the five associate members and the aim is to look at what we have been doing, assess where we are and at the same time make recommendations. The spin with this forum is that it is a little bit unique, it is a little bit disruptive; it’s a little bit game-changing because we are not putting a business focus to our approach, because we are focused on regulations and how we can regulate this and regulate that. But we have not been in a real sense involved in the private sector and hearing from them what it is that they would want to see, how they can participate and what are the challenges and the successes that they are having.”

 

The planners’ forum will also look at the role that women and the youth play in the agricultural sector across the region.


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