CAMEO programme benefits Chamber

Chamber CEO Wil Pineau recently participated in the region’s first Caribbean Academy for the Management of Employers’ Organisations training programme at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica.

CAMEO is a capacity-building programme to assist Caribbean employers’ organisations to improve their operations to better serve their members and communities, said a press release. It is sponsored by the International Labour Organisation and the University of the West Indies in Jamaica and supported by the Bureau for Employers’ Activities in Geneva and Port of Spain, the International Training Centre in Turin, Italy, the Mona School of Business and the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communications.

The programme addressed five central themes to assist regional organisations: the operating environment; the strategy to implement vision and mission; the qualities and skills to lead; the services to generate revenue; and the advocacy to address issues on behalf of members. Representatives from 18 different countries participated in the five-day programme which was delivered by UWI professors from the Mona School of Business and experts in organisational management.

‘CAMEO allowed me to learn and to share best practices with other regional organisations. We have developed a strong network that will assist our chamber with continuing to improve its advocacy efforts, communications, services and programmes for the benefit of businesses and the wider community,’ said Mr. Pineau, who also stepped down as a director of the Caribbean Employers Confederation at its annual general meeting in Jamaica, a position he has held for three years.

Mr. Pineau has been awarded a scholarship by the International Chamber of Commerce to attend the American Chamber of Commerce Executives annual convention in Sacramento, California in early August. The convention is considered the chamber meeting of choice and attracts chamber of commerce professionals from hundreds of chambers from around the world.

Special sessions include membership sales, economic development, business development, government relations, events management, workforce and small business development, networking dinners and knowledge exchange.

Mr. Pineau will attend an Economic Development workshop with representatives from some of North America’s leading metropolitan chambers and economic development councils. He has been invited to join ACCE’s Destinations Council, which includes the CEOs from some of the most popular tourism destinations who share best practices and ways to improve tourism products and services.

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