Barbados PM Says CSME is Still Alive

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Single Market and Economy (CSME) is still a “front burner” issue despite hurdles encountered along the way to its full implementation.

This comes from Prime minister of Barbados, Freundel Stuart who says the region has made commendable progress in advancing the creation of the CSME, resting on the five pillars of the free movement of goods, services, capital, skilled labour and the free movement of enterprises.

However, Stuart cautioned that unless the sectors in the member states, under the watchful oversight of the 13 heads of government of the CARICOM quasi Cabinet perform efficiently and satisfactorily, the prospects for a smoothly functioning Single Market and Economy will, to that extent, be placed in doubt.

Despite the challenges, he said it is clear that a grievous error has befallen many of the publicists in the region when they evaluated the progress of the integration movement purely in terms of buying and selling, investing and saving, producing and consuming.

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