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CARICOM question of the day | What's the best thing about CARICOM?

Published:Thursday | July 7, 2016 | 7:00 AMJovan Johnson
David Granger, president of Guyana.
Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago, Dr Keith Rowley.
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David Granger, president of Guyana

"Our movement towards the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (is the best thing).

"All 15 member states are concerned about the economy, and I'm very confident that we'll be able to overcome those problems. I know there's been talk about exit and solidarity, but we're all focused on the economy. We all want the best for our people, and that's the single biggest question: How quickly can we move to CSME? How quickly could we eradicate poverty and give our people a better quality of life?"

Dr Keith Rowley, prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago

"The best thing about CARICOM is that we're stronger together and we're weaker in parts."

Irwin LaRocque, CARICOM Secretary General

"CARICOM brings us together to combine our efforts and resources to address issues that are confronting us; to provide the wherewithal - the ability - to derive economy of scale in terms of our trade.

"In terms of functional co-operation; to do things better and smarter that we would not be able to do individually as well as to have representation internationally for the areas of interest to us. We've proven to ourselves the worth of what we can do when we act together for instance in climate change negotiations.

There have been some challenges but it's clear that they will be resolved."

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