Caribbean historian not optimistic about regional integration

Caribbean historian not optimistic about regional integration
Published on January 29, 2014 – By Andre Huie -Caribbean News Now
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) — While the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) pushes the agenda of regional integration, noted Caribbean historian Dr Lennox Honeychurch from Dominica is not that optimistic that this will materialize. He is instead turning his hope on closer integration of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean StatesOECS countries   [read more on OECS]

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Dr Lennox Honeychurch

“The Caribbean will never come together because of this individualism,” Honeychurch said.

“That is why I have given up on CARICOM; yes let them have their meetings, let them have their big bureaucracy down there in Guyana, but really nothing is going to happen with them. I put more faith in the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States but I do not see a political union,” he added.

A guest on WINN Fm’s Voices programme last Wednesday January 22, Honeychurch recounted the attempts to regionalism in the West Indies Federation of the 1950s and the role the OECS, particularly St Kitts and Nevis played in that construct.  

But as the region continues to struggle to integrate, Honeychurch spoke of another challenge affecting the region: brain drain — the movement of professionals from the Caribbean to more developed economies.

“The middle class in which the governments; the taxpayers invested massive of money in education and in scholarships have largely left and those that remain, every so often you hear them say I am making a sacrifice for my country. But I understand my cousin or whoever goes and live in the United States because there is less stress in terms of the political pressure and they make their money and that kind of stuff,” Honeychurch noted.

Republished with permission of West Indies News Network

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  • Discus  On February 2, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Carifesta, excellent!!! Caricom should have been disbanded long long now. The quicker the reality steps in the faster respective islands, and I. Guyana’s case a burden will be lifted. It is time the CHOGM HAVE A REALITY CHECK!!! The OECS Dr is perfectly correct. Simple fact check… What has Guyana gained so far ?

  • Clyde Duncan  On February 2, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    “That is why I have given up on CARICOM; yes let them have their meetings, let them have their big bureaucracy down there in Guyana, but really nothing is going to happen with them. I put more faith in the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States but I do not see a political union,” Honeychurch said.

    “The Caribbean will never come together because of this individualism,” he added.

    I agree with Honeychurch. I honestly believe our people suffer from arrested development – a colonial mentality. They say ‘The sun never set on the British Empire, because God never trusted an Englishman in the dark.” I believe Jamaicans are unfairly blamed for the break-up of the West Indies Federation in 1962 – Is there any wonder why, by coincidence, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago were granted independence in 1962 by the Divide-and-Rule-British?? Canada overcame their colonial mentality to come together as a Confederation. The European Union managed to put their thing together – What’s the obstacle within Guyana and the Caribbean??? Besides ‘individualism’; ‘arrested development’; and ‘colonial mentality’ …??

  • malcolm heydorn  On February 3, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    For the last seven or so decades, the main problem in Guyana was not Carifest, Caricom or whatever, but plain and simple unadulterated RACEISM, IN ALL OF ITS FORMS. Until this scourge is shed, there will be no hope of progress.; Let’s all face reality, and get off of our “asses” and admit to it.

    • Tara  On February 8, 2014 at 7:11 pm

      AMEN and AMEN…!!!!!

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