Some interesting Caricom initiatives

Free movement of sports persons
The Task Force meeting in Jamaica fine-tuned a proposal that has been making the rounds within the region in respect of the free movement of sports persons throughout the Caricom member states.
The 10th Special Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government held in Trinidad and Tobago, November 2004, had approved the following definition of sports persons:
Sports persons for the purpose of free movement of skills are persons who are active in or qualified to enter a particular field of sports with the specific purpose to earn a living as a professional or semi professional … Sports persons include but are not limited to the following: athletes, coaches, team leaders, sports managers, sports promoters, massage Therapists and Events Managers.
The Jamaica meeting extended the listing to include: sports industry personnel, sports medicine personnel. Together these groupings include sports media people, sports entertainers, sports marketing, kinesiologists, chiropractors and laboratory technicians. Coaches in the different sporting disciplines are also included in the modified list.
The idea here is that trained and experienced sports persons would be able to move and work in the different Caricom member states without the hassles usually associated with such activities at the present time.
The meeting advocated the acceptance of minimum specific requirements for those who qualify to engage in the free movement across the region but insisted on two categories – academic qualifications and experience.
Experience persons should have five years experience as an athlete, coach, administrator or other sport related areas, with knowledge and skill.
In Jamaica, the participants agreed that in addition to the aforementioned criteria for qualifying for free movement, persons should be possessive of high character and high competence. It was also stated that the related organization , institution and sporting body within the country of origin, must ratify these other requirements by way of reference and/or recommendation.
The meeting concluded that for the benefit of free movement f sports persons in the region there must be synergy. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts. We will produce more together as member states than we would as separate states. Member states must communicate in a cooperative way and work towards a common set of goals in order to create an environment that supports the free movement of persons across the region.