CGF Accountability Workshop Saint Kitts and Nevis — June 11, 2014
In particular, it is worth noting the progresses in the reform of Customs and the improved integration between the Customs Agency and the Port Authority, the revision of the tri-partite agreement for the reform of the Labor Code and the approval of the Accreditation Board for the offshore education policy. Considering that the Offshore Higher Education contributes to 12% of the GDP of SKN, this milestone is very important to assure the needed quality control. Progresses are also presented in the area of e-government, the identification of the gaps to be addressed in the Property Registration System, and the expansion of the port capacity with the signature of an international contract to expand the port cruise ship pier. It is important to notice that delays are particularly critical in the areas of skills: delays are significant in the process of identifying skills gaps, in revamping the technical and vocational training sector, in strengthening the capacity of the labor department statistics. Similarly, critical, is the slow implementation of the energy commission.
Following the presentation of the progresses by government officials; stakeholders engaged in a question and answer session aimed at providing further clarification on the progress status. This session stimulated candid dialogue between the private sector and the public sector and enabled the public sector to provide additional detailed information on the reform process. Importantly, the private sector is also moving from an antagonistic approach to the dialogue to a more constructive engagement with the authorities. Indeed, at the event the private sector announced the creation of an independent third party monitoring (an observatory) of the CGF Action Plan, whose main objective will be to provide feedback on the reform implementation process. This is the third civic observatory created within the framework of the CGF in the region.
The Accountability Workshop also offered the opportunity to disseminate the CGF Policy Note on Unemployment and Labour Market Policies in the Caribbean (Click here to read) and involve the stakeholders in the skills and productivity working groups which led to lively discussion.
The value proposition of the CGF which combines public-private dialogues with policy oriented research and accountability is acknowledged and valued by all stakeholders. The next accountability Workshop in Saint Kitts and Nevis, which will take stock of the first year of implementation, is expected to take place by the end of November 2014.
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