‘Every citizen of this Community must count’ – President David Granger

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Chairman of CARICOM, President David Granger addresses the opening ceremony of the Twenty-Eighth Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM
Chairman of CARICOM, President David Granger 

“Every citizen of this Community must count; every citizen of this Community has rights, and, wherever our citizens are, they have the right to be treated as Caribbean citizens.

“There is no such thing as a ‘stateless person’ in our Community. There should be no such occurrence as a citizen of a Caribbean state being treated as inferior in any jurisdiction in the Community.”

So said President David Granger, Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) at a press conference at the conclusion of the Twenty-Eighth Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government on Friday afternoon.

He told representatives of the media that during the two-day Conference, Heads of Government reflected on the importance of the CARICOM ‘Brand’, and the “pride that we have in our citizenship, citizenry and membership”.

Read more in the President’s Statement

 

 

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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CARICOM SG calls for collective response for regional challenges

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CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque
COHESIVE RESPONSE NEEDED: CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque

As the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government continue to pursue the course for sustained economic development, CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, said that working collectively and pooling resources were key to success.

Speaking at the opening of the Twenty-Eighth Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of CARICOM Heads of Government, Mr. LaRocque said that a cohesive response was needed to address the three broad areas the Conference will focus on – economic development, crime and security and international relations.

The Intersessional summit opened at the Marriott Hotel, in Georgetown Guyana, earlier this morning, Thursday 16 February, 2016, under the Chairmanship of President of Guyana, His Excellency David Granger.

Crime and security, prioritised on the agenda, are national and regional issues, the Secretary-General said, underscoring the need for more efficiency in systems concerned with finalising “critical legal instruments” to respond to security issues.

Delegates at the opening ceremony
Delegates at the opening ceremony

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Expedite full implementation of CSME – CARICOM Chairman

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Chairman of CARICOM, President David Granger addresses the opening ceremony of the Meeting
Chairman of CARICOM, President David Granger addresses the opening ceremony of the Meeting
“The CSME must not be allowed to become a victim of equivocation and procrastination.”- CARICOM Chairman, President David Granger
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) must expedite the full implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).

This was the charge President of Guyana, His Excellency David Granger, issued to Heads of Government and delegates at the opening of the Twenty-Eighth Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM in Georgetown Guyana on Thursday morning.

“Economic cooperation is a fundamental pillar of our Community. The Caribbean, if it is to escape the hazard of economic emasculation in today’s global environment, must expedite the full implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). We face threats that include dampened demand for our goods and services and distortions in our financial sectors caused by de-risking by international banks.

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 with resposibility for the CSME, Barbados Prime Minister, the Hon. Freundel Stuart and his Foreign Minister, the Hon Maxine McClean (left) at the opening ceremony

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Spirit of Chaguaramas inspires us to intensify regional integration – President Granger

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Chairman of CARICOM, President David Granger addresses the opening ceremony of the Twenty-Eighth Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM
Chairman of CARICOM, President David Granger addresses the opening ceremony of the Twenty-Eighth Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM

“The ‘Spirit of Chaguaramas’ is not the ghost or ‘jumbie’ of a dead project. It is the vital breath of life that inspires us to intensify regional integration.” – CARICOM Chairman, President David Granger
Chairman of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) His Excellency David Granger, President of Guyana, said on Thursday that the spirit of Chaguaramas was not “the ghost or ‘jumbie’ of a dead project”.

Rather, it was the “vital breath of life that inspires us to intensify regional integration”, he said in reference to the Community’s founding Treaty of Chaguaramas.

The President was at the time addressing the opening ceremony of the two-day Twenty-Eighth Intersessional Meeting of the CARICOM Heads of Government at the Marriott Hotel in Georgetown, Guyana.

“The Treaty of Chaguaramas was a response to the challenges of the post-colonial era. The Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas was the response to the post-Cold War era, a time of increasing trade liberalisation and the growth of regional organisations,” the President said.

Delegate at the Opening ceremony.
Delegates at the Opening ceremony at the Marriott Hotel, Georgetown, Guyana

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