COTED looks to hasten its work
The Council for Trade and Economic Development, COTED, is one of the most crucial bodies of the Caribbean Community CARICOM. In fact, most of the work of the regional trade and integration bloc revolves around COTED. As a result, foreign and trade ministers are looking for ways in which to speed up the way they work.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett, said that the Council should commit to tough decisions and follow through on them. Rodrigues-Birkette called for an energised external trade policy and expanded opportunities in South America and deepen trade and investment relations with partners in the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of Countries. The Secretary General of CARICOM, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, said that the special meeting of COTED held in Guyana at the weekend, was in response to the quest for innovative ideas to drive the progress of the integration movement.
Both Minister Rodriques-Birkette and Ambassador repeated calls for the private sector across CARICOM to get more involved in the work of the Caribbean Council on Trade and Economic Development.