With the firm resolution to strengthen the Caribbean Community CARICOM to provide greater benefits for its peoples, Honorable Prime Minister Dean Barrow, assumed the six month chairmanship of CARICOM effective January 1st 2016.
In his New Year’s speech the newly appointed President of CARICOM stated and we quote “The resolution is to continue to strengthen our integration movement to deliver ever-increasing benefits to the people of our Community. We will continue our quest to improve our standard of living through providing a safe, viable and prosperous Caribbean Community. In so doing we will build on our successes and will be moving forward with a number of initiatives to achieve that aim.” End of quote.
Making a commitment to build on past successes and to become more efficient in the face of the “sternest economic test that Member States have had to face in recent memory,” Barrow looked forward to increasing the pace both of the CARICOM Reform process and the implementation of the Community Strategic Plan 2015-2019.
The Plan, which is designed to build CARICOM’s economic, environmental, social and technological resilience, has the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) as an important vehicle in that drive for greater resilience. Therefore, Prime Minister Barrow signaled CARICOM’s commitment to vigorously pursue the consolidation of the Single Market.
Barrow also encouraged Member States to join Belize, Barbados, Dominica, and Guyana in making the Caribbean Court of Justice their final court.
“In my view, another relevant factor in the lives of our people is the Caribbean Court of Justice. The creation of our own jurisprudence will help define us as a people, and the excellent, well-reasoned judgments which have been the hallmark of the CCJ are ample proof of the intellectual quality of the legal minds of this Community. During my stewardship of the Community, I look forward to more Member States joining the four of us in the Appellate Jurisdiction of the CCJ,” Prime Minister Barrow said.
Barrow also emphasized the strength in unity in achieving CARICOM’s plans, exemplifying the manner in which it rallied to attain the objectives of the three major international conferences in the past year, most recently at COP 21 in Paris.
“The binding decisions taken on Financing for Development, the 2030 Development Goals and Climate Change have great potential to boost our growth and development and bolster our resilience.
It is therefore in our interest to use our coordinated foreign policy to advocate at every opportunity for urgent implementation of those decisions. In so doing we will be seeking the support of our International Development Partners as well as other Small Island and Low-lying Coastal Developing States (SIDS),” the Incoming-Chairman stated.
Prime Minister Barrow succeeds the Rt. Hon. Freundel Stuart, Prime Minister of Barbados.
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