Editorial – Paramaribo is calling. We must answer.

PM Of Barbados, the Hon. Mia Mottley and His Excellency Desiré Delano Bouterse, during the former's visit to Suriname in November 2018
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(Barbados Today) Quietly, with very little fanfare, an important blow was this week struck for both the regional integration experiment and our homegrown economic recovery.

We have waited a decade for the Government of Barbados to reawaken to the reality that all our fortunes are inextricably linked to the 15-member Caribbean Community, its Customs Union, Single Market and functional cooperation institutions. Half of all that we make is sold in CARICOM.

At a time when the former mother country teeters on the brink of self-imposed oblivion as it wavers on the question of exiting the European Union, the import of events here could not be more telling.

For Barbados to forge ahead with strengthening economic, cultural, and functional ties with fellow CARICOM nations, from the Bahamas in the north to Suriname in the south, has demonstrated a nation once again engaged with neighbours in a spirit of pragmatic cooperation, amity, shared interests and common destiny.

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