(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen,
Greater Georgetown, Guyana) Secretary-General of the
Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin
LaRocque deemed the Surinamese Youth programmes as a
regional Best Practice.
On the second day of his official
visit to Suriname, the Secretary-General was brought
up to date on the activities and plans of Surinamese
youth and was particularly impressed by the exciting
programmes outlined to him by the CARICOM Youth
Ambassadors (CYA) at a meeting in Paramaribo on
Tuesday 13 December.
Representatives of various
Suriname youth organisations met with the
Secretary-General and shared with him their thoughts
and views on the Community and their role in it.
CYAs Raynel Fraser and Abigail Misdjan told
Ambassador LaRocque and his delegation of the
various initiatives under way before the wider
representation, including the highest body, the
National Youth Parliament, exchanged views with the
The CYAs indicated that they had
established several committees at the national and
local level to pursue activities in a variety of
disciplines including Health (HIV/AIDS), Sport, the
Environment and the CARICOM Single Market and
Economy (CSME). Secretary-General LaRocque urged the
Surinamese to share their programmes with other CYAs
in the Community.
Earlier in the day, Ambassador
LaRocque met with some of the Surinamese students
who had participated in an European Union (EU)
sponsored CARICOM project which allowed students
from across the Community to visit other Member
States to observe the operations of the CSME. He
also met with representatives of the Media and
visited the Caribbean Regional Information and
Translation Institute (CRITI), an organisation
established under Caribbean Forum of African
Caribbean and Pacific States (CARIFORUM) of which
Ambassador LaRocque is also Secretary-General.
A constant thread in the
discussions with the youth was the need for support
for entrepreneurial ventures and also opportunities
under the free movement of skilled nationals. The
issue of language challenges was also raised
particularly in the context of the fact that 22
languages and dialects are spoken in Suriname.