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CARICOM moves closer to free movement

Regional 21 Feb, 2020 Follow News

Barbados PM Mia Mottley chaired the summit

Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders ended their two-day intersessional summit in Bridgetown, Barbados agreeing on several initiatives.

They included holding a conference on crime in Trinidad and Tobago and pushing forward the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) that allows for the free movement of people across the 15-member regional grouping.

Host prime minister and CARICOM chair Mia Mottley told the end of summit news conference that the leaders had been able, during their deliberations, to “continue to advance the work of the region to the benefit of Caribbean people.

“This conference will come to be remembered as one in which we laid the footsteps for a number of key decisions,” she said, emphasising that many of these decisions “must have relevance to our people”.

She said she regards as one of the most significant initiatives benefiting Caribbean people is the work undertaken by Grenada's prime minister regarding roaming charges across the region.

“The conference has agreed that Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell's technical committee will now meet with the telecommunication companies and we will await the final implementation of the regime, as well as the other areas of digital governance for which Prime Minister Mitchell has responsibility.”

Mottley said, as a result of the CSME, the regional leaders had discussed several issues, adding, “we are firm of the view that we need to enhance the governance mechanisms.”

She said, as a result, St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves has been tasked to pull on the technical working groups whose recommendations may have to be revisited again “because of the need for us to guarantee implementation across all the member states.”

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