Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley has implored his CARICOM counterparts to use the special meeting on the CARICOM Single Market and Economy convened on Monday in Port- of- Spain to make a definitive decision on the future of the regional initiative.
Dr. Rowley made the comments during his opening remarks at the 18th Special Meeting of the CARICOM Heads of Government on the CSME.
He advised the conference that his thoughts on the subject were informed by three documents – the CARICOM Review Commission chaired by former Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding, a presentation by Dr. Ralph Gonsalves titled Some Salient Issues for Resolution in CARICOM and the package of papers prepared by the CARICOM Secretariat for this special meeting.
These documents, he said, make it clear that the region is facing geographical segmentation and reveal that the current arrangement might more aptly be referred to as an association of Caribbean States as opposed to a common marketplace.
In a media statement the Office of the Prime Minister cautioned that hard decisions must be made if the region is to realise its full potential and said that this meeting serves as a call for leaders to honestly identify the elements of the plan that are feasible and those that are not.