Former Trini PM bashes CARICOM
Basdeo Panday was the guest speaker at the annual dinner of the country’s manufacturers and service providers; while he did not go as far as describing the regional integration bloc CARICOM as a complete failure, he said some countries in the region have benefitted while others have not.
Mr Panday piggy-backed on the comments of Caribbean diplomat Sir Ronald Sanders in questioning whether the integration process has worked as it was intended to.
The former Trini Prime Minister suggested that Trinidad, Guyana and Suriname develop their own economies and to jointly pursue arrangements with Brazil, Venezuela and other Latin American countries.
The Guyana government has reaffirmed its commitment to CARICOM and has argued for a place for the private sector in the deliberations of the movement; the Guyana Manufactures Association again made that call Thursday evening.