Prime Minister of Barbados, the Hon. Freundel Stuart comments on the stance CARICOM will take on West Indies cricket. He spoke to the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS) on location at the Belize Ocean Club, on Wednesday, at the close of the 27th Intersessional Conference of CARICOM in Belize.
The Twenty-Seventh Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held at Placencia, Belize on 16-17 February 2016. The Prime Minister of Belize, the Honourable Dean Barrow, chaired the proceedings.
Other members of the Conference in attendance were: the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, the Honourable Gaston Browne; the Prime Minister of Barbados, the Rt. Honourable Freundel Stuart; the Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Rt. Honourable Keith Mitchell; the President of Guyana, His Excellency Brigadier (ret’d) David Granger; the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris; and the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. the Honourable Keith Rowley.
The Bahamas was represented by the Honourable Frederick Mitchell, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, the Commonwealth of Dominica was represented by Senator the Honourable Francine Baron, Minister of Foreign Affairs and CARICOM Affairs; Haiti was represented by Ambassador Guy Lamothe. Jamaica was represented by Senator the Honourable A.J. Nicholson, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade; Saint Lucia was represented by the Honourable Alva Baptiste, Minister of External Affairs, International Trade and Civil Aviation; St. Vincent and the Grenadines was represented by the Honourable Camillo Gonsalves, Minister of Economic Planning and Sustainable Development; Suriname was represented by the Vice-President, His Excellency Ashwin Adhin.
Associate Member, the Turks and Caicos Islands, was represented by Ms. Clara Gardiner, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Border Control and Employment.
Also in attendance was His Excellency Ambassador Patrick Gomes, Secretary-General of the African Caribbean Pacific Group of States (ACP).
CARICOM leaders have called for stock-taking to determine what was working well for the integration movement so that those elements could be retained and improved, while discarding those components that were hindering the Community.
As they addressed the Twenty-Seventh Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government which opened in Placencia, Belize, on Monday evening, Prime Ministers Dean Barrow and Freundel Stuart of Belize and Barbados, respectively, advocated strongly for stock-taking.
The realities of the Community of small states, Prime Minster Barrow stated, forced Member States to acknowledge the limitations of individual smallness and led to collective thinking and action. The Chair of the Community called for less talk and more action, a toning down on rhetoric and heightening of achievement.
“It may mean a lessening of grandiose goals. It may mean long-haul, quotidian grind to achieve incremental accomplishments. Drudgery in the garret rather than flash-in-the-pan brilliance. But the times do seem to require this sort of workmanlike focus to wring from difficult circumstances the kinds of realizable, measurable objectives our people deserve,” Prime Minister Barrow said. (more…)
The Twenty-Seventh Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM opened in Placencia, Belize on Monday 15 February, 2016. Here are some highlights of the ceremony.