Published:Wednesday | December 31, 1969 | 7:00 PM
The Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Jamaica Customs Department (JCD), the Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association of Jamaica (CBFFAJ) and the Jamaica Society of Customs Brokers (JSCB), to offer a four-year bachelor of science degree in customs processes and immigration.
The organisations inked the deal during the 40th annual general meeting of the Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA) held in October. The programme will commence in January 2011.
This comes two years after Roger Hinds, president of the Shipping Association of Jamaica (SAJ), suggested that such a course be developed to meet the needs of the shipping industry. The course was developed in partnership with the SAJ, CBFFAJ, JCD’s immigration and quarantine department, JSCB, and the CMI.
New industry standard
“This course will form the new industry standard for training customs brokers, customs officers, immigration and quarantine officers, in the operation of intermodal transport (land, sea and air),” Fritz Pinnock, executive director of the CMI said. Plans are in place to extend the programme to other Caribbean regions, commencing with Barbados.
The signing was witnessed by Mike Henry, Minister of Transport and Works; Carlos Urriola, president of the CSA; Clive Forbes, general manager, CSA; Roger Hinds, president of the SAJ and vice president of the CSA, and Grantley Stephenson, chief executive officer of Kingston Wharves Limited.
“The programme is tailored to the industry; however, there are many customs officers, brokers, immigration officers and logistics experts who already hold a first degree in other disciplines. Therefore, this category of persons would complete this course in a shorter time,” Pinnock pointed out. He added that the new degree programme underpins the CMI’s Blue Ocean Strategy of producing industry-ready, disciplined graduates, as well as working in partnership with the industry to ensure that courses are relevant and lead to clearly defined career pathways that are in demand.
CMI is the region’s centre of excellence providing tertiary education and professional maritime training, research and consultancy.