Saturday, March 17, 2018

Questions after Caricom’s Summit *

ONCE again, we are experiencing the ritual annual hand-wringing and belly-aching and exhortations over the lack of progress to operationalise the long-promised Caricom Single Market and Economy (CSME).
And, regrettably, the current Prime Minister of Barbados, Fruendel Stuart, who for the past ten years has held lead responsibility for CSME implementation, remains very silent and seemingly inactive in terms of stimulating initiatives for making CSME progress before he faces new elections which he is expected to announce soon.
As readers will recall, the CSME, which was marketed from its inception as Caricom’s flagship project for economic transformation, was to have been a functioning reality at least eight years ago. Instead, we have been subjected with a litany of excuses for its failure to take off.

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