GSE CEO says it’s time to redefine what it means to work; encourages diaspora to hire local talent
The time has come for Caribbean nationals and diaspora to embrace remote work opportunities as both employees and employers, according to Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE) CEO Christine Ntim, who expressed unwavering confidence in the region’s talent pool.
Speaking at the recent Caribbean Future Summit 2021, Ntim dubbed GSE’s multiple initiatives geared towards promoting job growth and development in the region as the “Decade of Workforce Digitization”.
She noted, “I have seen so much tremendous work amongst different governments in the Caribbean, issuing digital visas for people from around the world to come into the Caribbean and work remotely for the Caribbean, invest in the Caribbean, build and grow and live in the Caribbean.
“This was from the global community coming into the Caribbean; now we need to tap into the local talent of the Caribbean and bring them to the global atmosphere.”
She added, “We’re now redefining what it means to work; there are opportunities that are not only available within the Caribbean region but there’s also global remote employment opportunities that our young people can tap into.”
Employers encouraged to hire talent from back home
Turning her attention to the employers’ perspective, Ntim declared that for Caribbean diaspora who relocate abroad, “one of the biggest things that you can do is to provide a job opportunity”.
“When we launched this initiative with launching this National Career Service, you’d be amazed to find that a lot of diaspora individuals from around the world were hiring locals from their home town,” Ntim said.
“So, for example, when we launched the Haiti Career Accelerator, half of the companies that partnered with us on the initiative were diaspora natives that were living in the United States who wanted to hire local Haitians to support and scale their SME business…
“When you’re tapping into your home market, not only are you making an impact, you’re showing that you respect the talent that is coming from back home.”
The CEO challenged the Caribbean diaspora to “really rethink how to invest back” and “tap into your community, tap into your country and hire Caribbean talent”.
“This is the time to tap into your local talent, especially since we live in a world where you have nothing to lose to start this initiative from a virtual perspective,” Ntim said.