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Apr 3, 2006

Annual S.J.C. lecture focuses on C.S.M.E.

Story PictureThe sixteenth annual Signa Yorke Memorial Lecture takes place tomorrow night at the Bliss in Belize City. The topic this year is the Caribbean Single Market and Economy or C.S.M.E., and guest speakers include Bert Tucker, Marian McNab and Kevin Hererra. Organisers from St. John’s College Junior College say it’s a timely topic and one that students in particular need to know more about.

Yasmin Andrews, Moderator, Signa Yorke Panel
?Even though C.S.M.E. has been implemented since January first, we still have not seen any significant differences that have occurred. But we can safely project that within the next couple of months we will start to see some differences and therefore then we as a people need to be prepared as to what to expect in the productive sector, in the education sector, and in the service sector, and generally on the macro-economy.?

Natalie Williams, Lecturer S.J.C.J.C.
?For students, we are hoping the students will again become more focused and more aware of these issues because their levels of education will make a difference, their passes in the CAPE examination will make a difference, you know whether or not they?ll have land accessible to them if we have masses of people migrating in and taking over the this limited amount of resource, that?s going to be a concern for them. Whether or not they are marketable for places outside of the Caribbean, if they are going to make choices to leave Belize and seek opportunities elsewhere, then what?s going to happen to Belize since we are still in that developing stage.?

The presentations begin at seven at the Bliss and the event is free to the public. The Signa Yorke Memorial lecture series is held in honour of Belizean educator Signa Yorke who served as Dean of St. John’s College sixth form for twelve years.

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