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Bruce Golding to host first CARICOM Review Commission meeting next week

Published:Tuesday | June 28, 2016 | 6:50 PM
Prime Minister Andrew Holness (centre) is seen with (from left): Bruce Golding, former Prime Minister and newly appointed Chairman of CARICOM Review Commission; Damien King, economist; Professor Alvin Win; and Andre Mariott-Blake, CARICOM Youth Ambassador.

Chairman of the newly formed CARICOM Review Commission, Bruce Golding, has indicated he will be hosting the commission’s first meeting next Tuesday.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness was unable to name the members of the commission at this afternoon’s launch, saying all the members had not yet given their consent.

But despite this, Golding said he would be moving swiftly to address the successes and failures of CARICOM and how it has impacted development in Jamaica.

He said while the current challenges regarding free movement by Jamaicans would be looked on, the review would go much deeper.

 

Chairman of the newly formed CARICOM Review Commission, Bruce Golding

Golding also indicated that one of the areas of concern was the extent to which the treaty of Chaguaramas, even with a revision in 2001, is able to respond to changes that have taken place over the years. 

In his remarks, Prime Minister Holness also noted that there has to be a deep analysis of the movement in order for real development to take place.

He said it was not about leaving CARICOM, but examining the regional integration attempts after 30 years.

 

Prime Minister Andrew Holness