CARICOM seeking to embrace all member states
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – As the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Wednesday celebrates its 34th anniversary, the region’s leaders are continuing discussions here on how to deepen the integration movement and fully embrace all member states.
Chairman Owen Arthur said he was hoping that leaders would leave the 28th Heads of Government summit which concludes here Wednesday having agreed on a new functional cooperation pact which would offer all 15 full and five associate member states a chance to be more involved in the community.
His comments came against the backdrop of concerns that community members such as the Bahamas, which is not participating in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), and whose newly-returned Bahamas Prime Minister, Hubert Ingraham, is absent from the conference, were not being fully embraced in the grouping.
CARICOM leaders advance co-operation, but delay RDF
RIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders ended their regular summit here late Wednesday advancing a series of measures aimed at widening functional cooperation, but delaying the planned implementation of the Regional Development Fund.
Chairman Owen Arthur described the four-day summit at which the leaders signed a declaration on functional cooperation in areas of health, education, sports, culture, sustainable development and security as a very successful meeting, which also set the foundation for agreement on a range of other items.
“It has been a highly productive meeting at which a number of decisions that will have a profound effect on the Caribbean in the short, medium and long term have been reached,” the Barbados Prime Minister said at the closing Press Conference at the Hilton Hotel on the outskirts of the capital, Bridgetown.
“All matters on the agenda have been dealt with and decisions being made on most. We are now at a point at getting the CSME (Caribbean Single Market and Economy) going and the process of integration has been advanced significantly,” he added.