Day one:

St. George’s Grenada: November 27, 2013.

Twenty three participants comprising of Customs Officers, Customs Brokers, National Ozone Officers and Bureau of Standards Officers attended Day One of the three day Regional Workshop on “Protecting Caribbean Borders from Illegal Trade in Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) held at the Flamboyant Hotel and Villas.  Participants were drawn from ten countries of the English Speaking Caribbean and Haiti Ozone Network – Antigua and Barbuda (2), Belize (2), Dominica (2), Guyana (2), Jamaica (2), St. Lucia (1), St. Vincent and the Grenadines (2), Suriname (1), Trinidad and Tobago (3) and host Country Grenada (6).

During the opening ceremony remarks were delivered by Mr. Marco Pinzon of UNEP’s Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC), Dr. Ezra Clarke from UNEP OzonAction Branch in Paris and Mr. Valentino Sawney, President of the Association of Grenada Customs Brokers Inc.

Several presentations were made on Day one: National Ozone Officer for Grenada, Mr. Leslie Smith presented on the Science of the Ozone Layer, Mr. Marco Pinzon presented on the International Response and the Impact of the Montreal Protocol.  Dr. Ezra Clarke introduced the subject of Illegal Trade while Mr. Gerard James presented on the Roles of Stakeholders.  The final presentation of the day which provided spirited interaction was done by Mr. Rene Parkes on Licensing Systems, ASYCUDA World and its Functionalities – The Grenada Case Study.

A very successful day completed and another waits….

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