Carrington Calls It Quits At Caricom
By: Gordon Moseley
The Caribbean community secretariat at Turkeyen today announced that Secretary General Edwin Carrington will be stepping down at the end of this year.
Caricom would not say what may have prompted the Carrington to call it quits after 18 years in the post but quoted him as saying that his 18 years as Caricom secretary general was the pinnacle of his public career.
He added that he has done all that he could despite the odds to help create a viable community. Carrington said he is satisfied that Caricom now has a solid platform on which it could continue to build.
Carrington’s announcement comes on the heels of July’s Caricom head of government conference in Montego Bay Jamaica and just after a stinging criticism of the regional body by former Jamaican Prime Minister Edward Seaga. Seaga is quoted in the Jamaican press as saying Caricom has outlived its relevance to a point.
Caricom has been criticized over the years for not being able to set itself up as an organization that caters for the real needs of the Caribbean people. But Caricom supporters would point to the many strides the body has made in the area of regional development and integration.
Edwin Carrington, a Trinidadian and former High commissioner to Guyana, is the longest serving Caricom secretary general. There have always been whispers in the Caricom circles about the possibility of Carrington stepping down.