Caribbean Road Show Team with Representatives from the Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS)
The ASTM International Caribbean Road Show was held 4-8 June in Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, and Guyana. ASTM partnered with MOU signatories in the region, as well as the International Code Council (ICC), to hold programs in each country consisting of industry workshops, outreach visits to local industry and government, and forums with university students and laboratories.
Events in Jamaica
The visit to Jamaica included an industry workshop in which more than 50 interested stakeholders attended. Working with MoU partner the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ), a ½ day session was held including key presentations and attendance from the Ministry of Industry Commerce Agriculture & Fisheries, University of Technology, and others. BSJ also arranged a “Student’s Lecture” during which ASTM and ICC made presentations and two student groups presented their senior design projects.
Events in Trinidad & Tobago
In Trinidad, the Trinidad & Tobago Bureau of Standards (TTBS) hosted a workshop for 100 industry stakeholders in their auditorium focused on sustainable construction. The application of ASTM standards in the built environment was highlighted, as well as, a presentation from TTBS on the state of codes and standards in T&T. The workshop was followed by a laboratory roundtable during which ASTM, ICC, and TTBS were able to share information about their laboratory services with local laboratories.
Events in Guyana
In Guyana, the Roadshow Team began the visit by pre-recording a 30 minute television show which was aired on the Guyana National Communications Network. This was followed by a Student’s Lecture for 100 students from 6 universities. Later, at an Opening Ceremony, another 100 stakeholders attended a session highlighted by opening remarks from the Honorable Minister, David Patterson, Ministry of Public Infrastructure. The next day, there was a meeting with 50 government stakeholders, followed by an outreach meeting to Gafoors, a local manufacturer.