Jamaicans are the main culprits in an emerging illicit scheme of Caribbean nationals submitting fraudulent skills certificate to obtain the right to work in CARICOM countries, an issue likely to inflame anti-free movement passions to the detriment of an already struggling integration movement.

The details are contained in a confidential report obtained by The Sunday Gleaner, which continues the decades-long trend of highlighting how the words of CARICOM leaders mean little as the follow through with implementation remains “poor” and of “great concern”.

The report says that up to 2018 – some 168 fraudulent skills certificates were detected or seized in six CARICOM territories, according to the report prepared by the CARICOM Secretariat for the 48th meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED), to be held April 29-30 in Guyana.

The report dated April 9, 2019 gives an update on the implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).

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