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CARICOM a glorified talk shop

Published:Monday | October 20, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Having read K. George Powell and Jeffrey Foreman's guest column titled 'Maybe we should scrap CARICOM after all' (Sunday Gleaner, October 19, 2014), I could not agree with them more that it is time for CARICOM to get serious. Their quote below sums up my sentiments:

"If CARICOM is meant to be more than these things, member states should get on with the business of seriously attempting to make the arrangements work. They could start with respecting the rule of law within the Community.

"If the intent is merely to make a treaty with ambitious provisions and goals which are not meant to be adhered to or seriously pursued, we should stop wasting time now and simply abandon the CARICOM experiment."

If CARICOM and its leadership are not serious about making the organisation useful to the region, they should stop wasting taxpayers' limited resources and dismantle the organisation. CARICOM, as it exists today, is a talk shop.