11th December

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CSME Researchers to Establish Task ForceA task force is to be set up to review the results of a recently-held conference on research support for the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). This is one of the major decisions taken at the conclusion of the two-day conference, which was hosted by the Social and Economic Research Unit (SERU) of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) at its headquarters in Barbados at the end of November. The task force will be expected to continue the attempt to prioritise the research agenda coming out of the conference.The conference brought together persons engaged in, or interested in, research on the CSME to explore how, through collaboration, their research effort can strengthen the empirical basis of the regional integration movement. Participants came from the three campuses of the University of the West Indies, the CARICOM Secretariat, CDB and various labour and private sector organisations in the region.Participants agreed to engage the regional private sector for its input into the CSME research agenda. In addition, there was consensus on the need to finalise a document on the prioritized research agenda, and to use it as a means of garnering financial support regionally or externally for carrying out the research. The decision was taken to maintain CDB as the repository for the bibliography and electronic documentation of all research on CSME until a permanent location can be determined.

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