Deeper commitment, greater strength, urgent renewed unity needed – PM Gaston Browne

Deeper commitment, greater strength, urgent renewed unity needed – PM Gaston Browne

The Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Hon. Gaston Browne, has called for urgent renewed unity among CARICOM countries. He was addressing the opening of the 39th Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM yesterday evening in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

He said no single CARICOM country had the capacity to face the present or future challenges alone, and noted that there was an unavoidable interdependence of CARICOM countries, as geographical neighbours, that compelled co-operation, collaboration and integration to meet development needs.

Prime Minister Browne also suggested that, 53 years after CARIFTA was established, the region should have been further along the road to economic integration. Using the example of the European Union, he said others started the process before CARICOM and were much further along.

And, in his opinion, the people of the region were no longer as hopeful as they once were regarding regional integration and he suggested that the leaders had a chance at the Summit to restore trust and confidence that they could make – and implement – joint decisions.

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