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Former Jamaica Prime Minister raises questions about the state of the regional integration movement – 30th Jan 2013

7As Caricom Heads of Government prepare for their intercessional meeting to be held in Haiti, one former Prime Minister is raising some serious questions about the state of the regional integration movement.

Former Jamaica Prime Minister, PJ Patterson, said, that there needs to be a recommitment to the Caricom’s Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, by the political leaders of the 15-member regional bloc.

Patterson, who played a crucial role in drafting the 1973 Treaty of Chaguaramas, said the instrument must be revised again.

But he said, this will need some amount of political will.

Patterson was at the time addressing the Rotary Club of Georgetown’s World Understanding Dinner, held at the Pegasus Hotel.

While the Caricom has made progress in a number of areas, the former long-serving Caribbean leader identified several areas that needed very urgent attention, particularly the value of the CARICOM passport.

Patterson said, the Treaty should shift from being focused on trade, but to one that focusses on greater emphasis on integrating the region’s productive capacity to pool its entire resources.

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