‘CSME vital to region’s progress’

FULLY IMPLEMENTING the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) remains the region’s best chance of attaining the transformation it needs, especially at this time of major global uncertainty and challenge.

That is the view of CARICOM Secretary General Dr Carla Barnett, who stressed the need for the various aspects of the CSME to be implemented more speedily at the national level.

She was speaking last evening while delivering the second Distinguished Owen Arthur Memorial Lecture on the topic The Future Of CARICOM: Charting A Vision For The Region’s Economic Advancement.

The event, held at the Errol Barrow Centre For Creative Imagination, University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus, was organised by UWI’s Shridath Ramphal Centre in collaboration with the Caribbean Development Bank.

Addressing an audience which included Arthur’s widow Julie Arthur and other family members and his successor in the House of Assembly, St Peter MP and Minister of Labour Colin Jordan, Barnett said the former Prime Minister’s view that Caribbean integration, and especially the CARICOM Single Market And Economy, was an essential driver of regional economic growth, social mobility, prosperity and sustainable development was still relevant.

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