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CARICOM chairman: 2016 has been 'interesting and impactful' for region

Published:Wednesday | December 21, 2016 | 11:44 AM
Caribbean Community Chairman Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.

Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Chairman Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has described 2016 as “an interesting and impactful year” for the regional integration movement.

In his end of year message to the population of the 15-member grouping, Skerrit, the Dominica prime minister, said 2016 has “seen studied and deliberate progress in our integration movement.

“We continue to work to ensure that the people of the Community realise the benefit of our co-ordinated actions. The advancement of our reform process is a key element towards achieving that goal and I applaud the headway being made in that regard.”

He said that the joyous celebrations marking the 50th Independence Anniversary of both Barbados and Guyana “allowed us to reflect on an era when such co-operation was manifested by the two countries having a joint diplomatic mission in London.

“It was a fine example of the spirit and substance of unity that, today, we must embrace in order to advance our interests domestically and globally.”