October 20

CSME: Poor Implementation Performance Appraisal

first_imgBy Elizabeth Morgan Performance Appraisal rating My previous article on the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) addressed the lackadaisical attitude to implementation of decisions which persist in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). In the Communique of the 40th Heads of Government Conference, St. Lucia, July 3-5, Heads, in their appraisal of CSME implementation, “expressed their concern at the slow pace and low level of implementation of the CSME and lack of urgency exhibited by some Member States in enacting the necessary legislation and putting in place the administrative measures for implementation.” Thus, it seems to me that the overall grade which the region received in the CSME performance appraisal was about “C”. You may be interested in… In their assessment, the Heads recognized that there were factors contributing to the poor performance.  Capacity constraints among Member States were identified. They agreed that more support should be provided to national CSME Focal Points and acknowledged the importance of timely reporting and public education and outreach. It was also reported that there was progress in establishing a CARICOM Private Sector Organization (CPSO). Responsibility of the Political Directorate It is my view that to improve the CSME implementation grade moving it to B or A, the Heads themselves have to give clear instructions to their national Cabinets that CSME implementation is a priority and should be mainstreamed into national development policies, plans and programmes. Financial and human resources have to be provided recognizing that the CSME contributes to national development. The political directorate has to acknowledge that CSME implementation positions the region not only to engage in intra-regional trade, but also in trade and other economic activities with the world in these challenging times. Caribbean small economies are particularly vulnerable to natural and economic disasters and need to cooperate. This is where the report of the CARICOM Commission on the Economy could make a useful contribution regarding the economic strategy. The Heads themselves have to signal their own commitment to CSME implementation and problem-solving. There are mixed messages coming from the political directorate. At CARICOM Meetings, the message is support for regional integration and, at home, it is one of indifference with national interests taking precedence. In engagements with third countries, even the region’s trade and economic interests can be deferred on the basis that politicians are elected to serve their national interest. The CARICOM Heads, if they genuinely support regional integration, need to provide the leadership required to demonstrate that the national and regional agendas converge in a common interest. I mentioned in a previous article that Heads should show their regional commitment by the importance they attach to their quasi-Cabinet assignments. CSME implementation does not only rest with the Prime Minister of Barbados. Other Heads of Government have CSME responsibilities in their Quasi-Cabinet portfolios, for example: Antigua and Barbuda – Trade in Services Dominica – Labour including CSME Movement of Skilled Persons Grenada – Science and Technology including Information and Communications Guyana – Agriculture Jamaica – External Trade Negotiations St. Lucia – Sustainable Development St. Vincent and the Grenadines – Transportation The Bahamas, though not in the CSME, as a CARICOM Member, has responsibility for Tourism. CSME implementation also requires Community bodies, such as the Council for Finance and Planning (COFAP) and the Legal Affairs Committee (LAC), to meet regularly with attendance of a critical mass of Ministers and Attorneys General to facilitate decision-making. The participation of the private sector is critical thus progress on CPSO is welcomed. Without the commitment from the political leaders, the private sector and other parts of civil society, including academia and the media, then the CSME will make little progress, the grade will not improve, and as the Trinidadians say, the region will continue “spinning top in mud”, or as the headline recently declared “revving with the handbrake up”. CARICOM leaders need to release the handbrake in the common national and regional interest. Oct 14, 2020 CARICOM Competition Authorities encouraged to co-operate Oct 7, 2020 Oct 1, 2020 Sep 23, 2020 Trade in Services – For CARICOM, Tourism dominates Trade-in-Services and Technology: More missed opportunities… CARICOM/CSME: The Persisting Implementation QuestionCARICOM Day        On July 1, Guyana and possibly a few other Member States of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) commemorated CARICOM Day marking the signing on July 4, 1973 of the Treaty of Chaguaramas creating the Caribbean Community and Common Market. It seems the day is usually marked on the first…July 4, 2019In “CARICOM”CARICOM/CSME: Private Sector RepresentationBy Elizabeth Morgan On November 5, Prime Minister Mia Mottley of Barbados, who has lead responsibility in the quasi-Cabinet for the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), hosted a regional town hall meeting on the CSME. This meeting was scheduled in the lead up to the 49th meeting of the…November 14, 2019In “CSME”Special CARICOM Heads Meeting must achieve CSME results OpinionBy Elizabeth Morgan THROUGH complacency, poor management and lack of vision the West Indies cricket team is now the sick man of cricket, struggling for a place at the bottom. It is said that the state of cricket in the Caribbean reflects the political, social and economic state of the…December 3, 2018In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp Submitted by Elizabeth Morgan, Specialist in International Trade Policy and International Politics Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Relations within the Western Hemisphere: an uneasy alliance last_img read more

October 20

Happy 40th Independence Anniversary, SVG – CARICOM Secretary-General

first_img Oct 2, 2020 You may be interested in… Find Way for Private Sector to Assume Role as Jobs Generator… 13th Annual Caribbean Plant Health Directors Forum to be… Former CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General Dies Aug 25, 2020 CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has congratulated St. Vincent and the Grenadines on its 40th Anniversary of Independence which it celebrates on 27 October 2019, under the theme ‘With Strength, Honour.and Dignity We Stand Resolute at Forty and Beyond’. In a congratulatory message to Vincentian Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, the Secretary-General said the people can look back with pride and satisfaction at 40 years as an independent nation and of being a haven of peace, progress and stability. “This fact no doubt was instrumental in the recent election of St. Vincent and the Grenadines as a non-permanent member of the ,” the Secretary-General said.center_img Barbados Gov’t Still on Track to Meet IMF targets –… Aug 10, 2020 Aug 10, 2020 CARICOM SG congratulates re-elected Vincentian LeaderCARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has congratulated Dr. Ralph Gonsalves on his party’s victory in the recent elections in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and his re-election to office as the nation’s leader. Dr. Gonsalves’ Unity Labour Party (ULP) won eight of the 15 seats at stake in the December…December 16, 2015In “CARICOM”CARICOM congratulates St. Vincent and the GrenadinesCARICOM has congratulated the Government and People of St. Vincent and the Grenadines as they celebrate the country’s 36th Independence Anniversary today 27 October 2015. The Theme “Working Together to enhance National Pride” is quite fitting, CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said in his congratulatory message to St. Vincent and…October 27, 2015In “CARICOM”Two new Ambassadors to CARICOM AccreditedDeveloping the world’s first climate resilient countries is a key focus for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) for 2018 which promises to be a year of “rebuilding and growth,” CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said Friday 12 January. He was at the time accrediting new ambassadors of Barbados and St. Vincent…January 12, 2018In “Barbados”Share this on WhatsApp “That the nation is the smallest ever to have been granted that responsibility, is another achievement of which the country and the Community can be proud,” he added. Ambassador LaRocque also applauded St. Vincent and the Grenadines as a strong and dedicated advocate of regional integration, noting that the Caribbean Community has benefitted from its steadfast contribution to furthering that process, in particular through its responsibility for Transportation in the CARICOM quasi-cabinet. “The Community looks forward to St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ continued commitment to the development of this Caribbean Civilisation, as well as to the country’s further progress in the social and economic spheres as it proudly celebrates forty years of freedom,” the Secretary-General said. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… last_img read more

October 20

Standards Testing Labs Names New Account Manager

first_imgLSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement MASSILLON, OH — Standards Testing Laboratories (STL), the world’s largest independent testing facility for tires, wheels and related automotive components, recently named Roger Zingg account manager, test machinery sales. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement In this position, Zingg will be responsible for managing commercial test machinery sales, which includes client development, estimates, needs assessment surveys and customer service. Zingg will also handle day-to-day client management activities. Zingg has more than 30 years of sales and systems experience in the automotive and testing industries, most recently as owner of International Coordinators, which performed commercial fleet testing. Prior to that, Zingg worked in the custom computer and control systems division of Goodyear Aerospace. For more information about Standards Testing Laboratories, go to: www.stllabs.com. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. last_img read more

October 20

**Copy of Freudenberg-NOK Names Batchik Vice President of Quality

first_imgAdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Posted: August 18, 2006, 9 a.m., EST PLYMOUTH, MI — Freudenberg-NOK has named John Batchik vice president of quality. In this position, Batchik will direct the central quality functions within the organization, establish quality performance standards and develop and improve operating metrics. In addition, he will provide executive representation for key customers and trade organizations, as well as establish and maintain required ISO, QS, TS and other certifications. Most recently, Batchik served as vice president of operational excellence for LSG Sky Chefs, located in Irving, TX. In this role, he directed quality, lean manufacturing, product development and facilities and environmental engineering. Prior, he served as the vice president of quality management, where he was responsible for all aspects of product quality, problem solving and vehicle fleet safety. Earlier, Batchik spent more than 20 years at GM Powertrain in various roles of increasing responsibility. Most recently, he served as divisional manager of competitive manufacturing implementation in Pontiac, MI. In this position, he directed lean manufacturing resources supporting 21 plants in the United States and Canada. Prior to that he worked at GM Powertrain’s Romulus, MI, facility as a quality systems manager, where he directed quality engineering, supplier quality management, customer support, audit and ISO/QS-9000 activities. He also served as superintendent of manufacturing engineering, superintendent of industrial engineering and senior supplier development manager while at GM Powertrain. Advertisement Batchik earned a bachelor of science degree in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI, and a master of science degree in manufacturing management from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. In addition, he is a certified QS-9000 Lead Auditor. For more information about Freudenberg-NOK, go to: http://www.freudenberg-nok.com.last_img read more

October 20

Tim Corcoran Promoted to President, ZF Sales & Service NA

first_imgDeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. VERNON HILLS, IL — Tim Corcoran has been promoted to president of ZF Sales & Service North America. He takes over the position from Helmut Schulz who will retire at the end of the year. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Corcoran has been with ZF since 1989 and most recently served as vice president, ZF Sales and Service NA, LLC. In his new position, Corcoran is responsible for all aftermarket operations supporting ZF product in North America for their Car Driveline Technology, Commercial Vehicle & Special Driveline Technology, Off-Road Driveline Technology & Axle Systems and Lenksysteme Divisions. Corcoran, 52, earned both his bachelor’s degree and MBA from Loyola University in Chicago, IL, and is a resident of Mount Prospect, IL, where he has served as Village Trustee since 1989.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. last_img read more

October 20

Jeff Crutchfield Appointed Regional Sales Manager at Boge America

first_imgLSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. — Boge America has appointed Jeff Crutchfield as regional sales manager. In this new role, Crutchfield will be responsible for managing and developing the distributor network in the South – from Alabama to Southern California.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Boge manufactures a comprehensive range of oil-lubricated and oil-free screw and piston compressors used by all sectors of industry to supply compressed air for a wide range of manufacturing processes. The product is sold and serviced through a growing network of dedicated distributors throughout the U.S. and Canada. Tim Tarrant, president of Boge America, commented, “Jeff Crutchfield has spent over 30 years within the compressed air industry working for a number of well-known manufacturers in the design and sales fields. He brings a wealth of sales and compressor experience and knowledge to his new role. We are confident he will be an asset in further developing and supporting our growing distributor network in this area.”,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.last_img read more

October 20

Affinia Group Announces Management Changes For Global Sales, Communications

first_imgANN ARBOR, Mich. – Affinia Group has announced key management changes for global sales and communications. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Rod Nineham, vice president of global sales, has announced his retirement effective Dec. 31, following 27 years of service with Dana Corp. and Affinia Group. Assuming the vice president’s position is Robert Beltran, who will work closely with Nineham throughout the remainder of 2010 to assure a smooth transition for the Affinia Global Sales Group and its global customers. In addition, Scott Howat, formerly director of corporate communications, has been named director of global communications.  Beltran joined Dana in 1998 as a territory sales manager for brake and chassis and became involved in export sales in 2001. In 2005, he was promoted to director of Affinia Global Sales, which included restructuring Affinia’s sales operation in Mexico. Beltran is based in Miami, which serves as the Affinia Global Sales headquarters. In his new position, Howat is managing all avenues of communication throughout global Affinia. He joined Affinia in 2004 upon the company’s formation, developing Affinia’s first corporate communications program. Prior to Affinia, he served in management roles in brand marketing, product management and sales for Echlin Inc. and Dana Corp.   “Rod has been instrumental in growing Affinia’s market share around the world, and we wish him the best in his retirement,” said Patrick Manning, vice president, business development. “We are also very excited about the new roles for Robert and Scott. Robert’s experience in Mexico, combined with a global perspective, will make him a strong leader for our global sales team. Scott’s extensive experience in all aspects of the aftermarket, with a focus on sales and marketing, offers the perspective we need in communicating to our customers and trade partners globally.” Advertisement To learn more about the company, visit the Affinia Group Inc. website.last_img read more

October 20

APRA Europe Appoints New Chairman

first_imgCHANTILLY, Va. – Peter Bartel was appointed chairman of the Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association’s (APRA) European Division during the recent European Board meeting held Feb. 6 in Frankfurt, Germany.                               AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Bartel stated, “APRA, as the ‘voice of the reman industry,’ has the task to develop the remanufacturing business. To achieve sustainable success, APRA has to promote the environmental and social advantages of quality reman products and reman production. APRA will continue its successful work in Europe which began in 1987.”             Bartel has been working in the remanufacturing industry for about two decades, particularly on turbos, rotating machines and core management. He has a degree in mechanical engineering from the Berufsakademie Mannheim (Germany) and works as senior expert for Bosch Automotive Aftermarket.   Bartel has served as a member of the APRA Europe board since 2009.                                     Fernand Weiland, APRA Europe vice chairman stated, “Peter is genuinely enthusiastic about remanufacturing. He has a clear vision for the needs and opportunities of our market. On behalf of the entire board we sincerely wish him great success in his new position.”,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.last_img read more

October 19

LAHS Lockout Lifted; Class Registration Resumes

first_imgBy CAROL A. CLARKLos Alamos Daily [email protected] Alamos Police have cleared the area and the Los Alamos High School Lockout has been lifted following the sighting late this morning of a suspicious package across the street on Diamond Drive.Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus told the Los Alamos Daily Post that Cpl. James Keane contacted the high school after spotting a box on the ground with a wire hanging out of it.The suspicious package was actually a box that contained a vibration monitor apparently being used on the road work underway along Diamond Drive, Steinhaus said.“It was serious enough that Cpl. Keane contacted the school,” he said. “We knew just what to do and we moved swiftly … every time something like this happens it serves to help us get better and better.”The lockout lasted approximately 30 minutes, Steinhaus said, and once they received the all clear from police, class registration resumed. Registration resumes today following a 30-minute lockout due to a suspicious package spotted across the street on Diamond Drive. Photo by John McHale.ladailypost.comlast_img read more