In delivering the keynote address on the theme: Investing in Human Resources for the Benefit of All, The Secretary-General Carrington noted the role of functional cooperation in education, pointing to Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) as critical to achieving the imperative of access, quality and relevance in education, especially at the tertiary level.
He asserted that the Caribbean Community was not short of talent but was contending with the challenge of harnessing the talent for the benefit of the whole Region.
Carrington told the COHSOD to pay keen attention to the plight of marginalized youth and to review carefully, the programmes and initiatives designed for them.
He also commended the Directorate of Human and Social Development for the follow-up to the Paramaribo Declaration on the Future of Youth, which included a proposal to the Inter-American Development Bank focusing on policies to stimulate the growth of entrepreneurship among Caribbean youth.
“All these fully illustrate the true meaning of investing in human resources …” he added.
In bidding farewell, Secretary-General Carrington said “I leave the scene confident that especially in this area of Human and Social Development, CARICOM has truly made a difference…” Yet there is much to be done. Let it be done!”
In addition, the COHSOD cited the Secretary-General as a “highly respected and selfless regionalist, statesman, colleague, brother and friend whose words and deeds will be permanently etched in the annals of this Council and indeed the legacy of the Community.”