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CARICOM Review Commission holds first meeting

Published:Tuesday | July 5, 2016 | 7:30 PM
CARICOM Review Commission chairman Bruce Golding takes charge of the first meeting today.

Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter

The Commission which will review Jamaica's relations within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the African, Caribbean and Pacific CARIFORUM Framework held its first meeting today at the Foreign Affairs Ministry today.

During today's meeting, Commission chairman Bruce Golding announced that he will be soliciting feedback from the public at the relevant time.

The commission comprises 18 members.

Businessman, Chris Levy was not originally named.

One of the terms of references for the commission is to evaluate the effects that Jamaica's participation in CARICOM has had on its economic growth and development with particular reference to trade in goods and services, investment, international competitiveness and employment.

In addition to other things the committee will also seek to analyse the CARICOM's performance against the goals and objectives enunciated in the 2001 Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas and to identify the causes of the shortcomings.

Commission members, Dr Damien King, Dr Nigel Clarke and Levy, did not attend today's meeting.

Jamaica has been a member of CARICOM for the past 43 years.

ryon.jones@gleanerjm.com