CARICOM set to shed talk shop image, strategic plan to be ready by July
Secretary General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) says the grouping’s leaders will this July be handed a five-year strategic plan for the regional trade and integration bloc.
The leaders had themselves commissioned the project over fears that the people of the region were fed up with all the talk, and were seeing no real action. The CARICOM Heads of Government had also criticised the Secretariat for their failure to effectively implement decisions.
Ambassador Irwin La Roque said that the plan will layout the areas for priority focus with CARICOM’s various Councils, including the Council and Foreign and Community Relations, which opened its 17th meeting today.
Foreign Affairs Minister Carolyn-Rodrigues-Birkett said the plan to move CARICOM out of its sleepy image is about strengthening the systems and processes of the integration movement.
Meanwhile, as CARICOM’s Foreign Ministers meet, Ambassador La Roque pointed to the scope for the group to develop new partnerships in trade, investment, technical cooperation and development assistance.