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CARICOM review report to be tabled in January

Published:Wednesday | December 6, 2017 | 9:06 AM
Holness

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has informed he will take the final report submitted by the Bruce Golding-led CARICOM Review Commission to Parliament in January.

He gave the commitment yesterday, as he updated the House of Representatives on the activities of a team sent to help with post-hurricane relief efforts in Dominica.

Holness said the disaster highlighted the need for the Caribbean region to work together to tackle issues such as climate change.

He said the Cabinet was still going through the document presented by the review committee.

 

Prime Minister Andrew Holness

The CARICOM Review Commission submitted its final report in March, eight months after it started its work.

A statement from the Office of the Prime Minister then said the commission met with several stakeholder groups, including former prime ministers in CARICOM as well as former secretaries general of the regional body.

In addition, focus group sessions with Jamaicans were held in several parishes.

In a parliamentary speech last year May, Holness said the time had come to fully assess the benefits, opportunities and challenges of CARICOM so that Jamaica gets the full benefits of its membership.

The review commission comprised 17 members, along with ex-officio and support staff, from a wide cross section of sectors in Jamaica, including business, academia, the private sector and trade union among others.