CARICOM Member States urged to strengthen Regional Security System

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Prime Minister of Barbados, the Hon. Freundel Stuart speaks with the media (Photo via GINA)
Prime Minister of Barbados, the Hon. Freundel Stuart speaks with the media (Photo via GINA)
“We embarked on this journey in 1973 because people of the Caribbean need to feel safe in their everyday going out and coming in, the effect of not just being citizens of one country, but citizens of a regional civilisation and that is what we are aiming for.” – PM Freundel Stuart
Barbados’ Prime Minister, Freundel Stuart has called on CARICOM Heads of Government to refocus on the Regional Security System to better protect Caribbean countries.

Prime Minister Stuart, at the opening of the Twenty-Eighth Inter-Sessional meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM, explained that over the years, some Caribbean states have faced threats to their security in the form of direct invasion, mercenary attack, incursion and intervention. Against that background, he is calling on Heads of Government to start focusing on regional security.

“We have to spend some time on the whole issue of regional security which is for us not just a law and order issue, but for us, a developmental issue, and therefore, we’re going to be spending some considerable time on that,” Prime Minister Stuart explained.

Read more at: Government Information Agency

CSME review comments by March 31

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Lead Head of Government of the CSME, Barbados Prime Minister, the Hon. Freundel Stuart and his Foreign Minister, the Hon Maxine McClean at the opening ceremony
Lead Head of Government of the CSME, Barbados Prime Minister, the Hon. Freundel Stuart and his Foreign Minister, the Hon Maxine McClean at the opening ceremony
“I made the point during our presentation to the conference that the CSME is not a destination, it’s a journey, and there will always be work to do. What we want to ensure is that we have a regional integration movement that is alive, and that we’re responding appropriately to the multiple challenges that arise from time to time.”- PM Freundel Stuart
CARICOM Member States have a deadline of March 31 to submit comments on the review of the various regimes of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).

The review shows the status of implementation, for each country, of the measures intended to bring the CSME into effect.

In an interview with the Barbados Government Information Service at the end of the 28th Inter-sessional Meeting of the CARICOM Heads of Government in Georgetown, Guyana, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart explained that the “comprehensive” review had been carried out by the CARICOM Secretariat under his oversight as Lead Head for the CSME, and as directed by the Conference of Heads of Government last July.

Read more at: Barbados Government Information Service

Barbados ratifies CONSLE Protocol

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Prime Minister of Barbados, the Hon Freundel Stuart signs the agreement
Prime Minister of Barbados, the Hon Freundel Stuart signs the agreement as CARICOM General Counsel, Ms. Safiya Ali looks on

Barbados has ratified the Protocol Amending the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas to incorporate the Council for National Security and Law Enforcement (CONSLE) as an Organ of the Community, and the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) as an Institution of the Community.

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart signed the Protocol and deposited the Instrument of Ratification on behalf of the Government of Barbados during the first business session of the 28th Inter-sessional Meeting of the Conference of the Heads of Government of CARICOM in Guyana on Thursday.

Following the signing ceremony, Prime Minister Stuart told the Barbados Government Information Service that ratifying the Protocol was a symbol of the country’s commitment to ensuring the security of the region.

Read more at: Barbados Government Information Service 

Conference highlights

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The Twenty-Eighth Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM continues in Georgetown, Guyana today. Please see more highlights.

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Stirring opening to CARICOM Inter-Sessional – Video highlights

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The Twenty-Eighth Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) opened Thursday morning at the Marriott Hotel, Georgetown, Guyana.

Speakers at the Opening included CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque,  Prime Minister of Dominica, Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit, and CARICOM Chairman and President of Guyana, HE David Granger.

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