Tag Archives: Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME)

CARIBBEAN: Time to transform CSME and CARICOM – By David Jessop

The View From Europe – November 10. 2019  – By David Jessop

Caricom Headquarters. Georgetown. Guyana.

In the last few days Barbados’ Prime Minister, Mia Mottley, has reiterated her belief that to progress the region must make the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME) fit for purpose.

Ms. Mottley suggested that if the region is not to be marginalised, CARICOM’s governance structure needs to change, more frequent meetings of CARICOM heads and ministerial sub-committees should be held to speed up the pace of implementation, and her fellow leaders should in this respect consider following the lead of European Heads of Government. She also encouraged the private sector to play a much greater and more active role in regional decision-making, planning and implementation.        Continue reading

On Xenophobia, Haiti and the Guyana Times – By D. Alissa Trotz – Editor of the In the Diaspora Column

Stabroek News – 12 August 2019

By D. Alissa Trotz – Editor of the In the Diaspora Column

A little over a week ago, Guyanese woke up to what can only be described as a racist and xenophobic attack on Haitians in the Guyana Times newspaper. Titled “Influx of Haitians into Guyana raises major health concerns,” the article offers a classic example of racial profiling. Indeed a subtitle for this cowardly piece of journalism could have been: “Disease ridden Black people flooding our shores.” The article was written under the guise of thoughtfully addressing the issue of the arrival and treatment of Haitians in Guyana – certainly a legitimate question – whose numbers have increased following the institution of the Caricom recommendation of a six month visa on entry to Haitians.        Continue reading

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