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Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Kamina Johnson Smith meets with CARICOM Deputy Secretary General, Ambassador Soeknandan during a courtesy call.


A three-day sensitisation seminar on the CARICOM Results Based Management (RBM) System will be held in Jamaica from August 14 to 16.

The seminar opens at 9:00 a.m. at the Office of the Prime Minister, 1 Devon Road, Kingston 10, where a discussion will be held with Permanent Secretaries of the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

Cabinet Secretary, Office of the Cabinet, Ambassador Douglas Saunders, and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Ambassador Marcia Gilbert-Roberts, will bring opening remarks.

On Wednesday, August 15, there will be a meeting with Parliamentarians at the Houses of Parliament, Gordon House, 81 Duke Street, Kingston, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, will address the meeting.

On the same day at 10:00 a.m., Senator Johnson Smith will speak at a CARICOM RBM Seminar Press Briefing at the Ministry, 21 Dominica Drive, in New Kingston. Resource persons at the seminar will include representatives of the Policy and Planning and the Caribbean and Americas Departments of the Foreign Affairs Department, the Office of the Cabinet and the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service.

The seminar, to be convened in all member states on different dates, was coined at the 35th Meeting of the Conference of the Heads of Government in Antigua and Barbuda in 2014. It aims to inform a wide variety of CARICOM’s stakeholders of the shift towards RBM.

Participants will include Parliamentarians, Senior Government officials as well as representatives of civil society and non-governmental organisations, and International Development Partners.

Deputy Secretary General of the CARICOM Secretariat, Ambassador Manorma P. Soeknandan, along with a delegation, will be visiting Jamaica to participate in the seminar.

Additionally, the Ambassador is scheduled to make a number of media appearances over the three-day period.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade indicates that the CARICOM Secretariat “is tasked with the responsibility of establishing a planning, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting system that is based on the principles of Results Based Management.”

“The CARICOM Gender-sensitive RBM System will serve as a mechanism that will facilitate improvements in the implementation of programmes by way of better communication, more realistic project schedules, useful evaluation results and enhanced accountability and transparency at all levels,” the Ministry states.