The Prime Minister of Belize, Hon. Dean Barrow, is now the new President of the Caribbean Community. He will assume this responsibility for a period of six months in an effort to strengthen the CARICOM and provide greater benefits for its people.
Yesterday the official handing over ceremony of the Chairmanship took place and present at the service were Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Wilfred Elrington, H.E. Lawrence Sylvester, who is the CEO in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and from the office of the CARICOM, Secretary General, Glenda Itiaba.
In his speech upon being named the new Chairman of CARICOM on January 1st P.M Barrow 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 doing so we will build on our successes and will be moving forward with a number of initiatives to achieve that aim”. End quote.
Barrow has committed himself to build on past successes and looks forward to increasing the pace of the CARICOM Reform process and to implement the Community strategic plan for the years 2015-2019. The plan is originally designed in order to help develop CARICOM’s economic, environmental, social and technological resilience by forming an alliance with the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME).
Apart from development, Barrow has a vision to join forces with other states including Belize, Barbados, Dominica and Guyana in order to make the Caribbean Court of Justice their final court. He stated that, quote “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”. End quote.
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