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Free movement issues undermining CARICOM, says secretary general

Published:Monday | November 10, 2014 | 12:34 PM

CARICOM secretary general, Irwin La Rocque, says problems related to freedom of movement across the region have undermined the credibility of the regional body.

In an address at the University of Guyana’s graduation ceremony on the weekend La Rocque acknowledged the difficulties facing Caribbean nationals.

He says he is aware of the difficulties still being experienced at ports of entry in some member states by those who seek to exercise their right of free movement and hassle-free travel.

La Rocque says the problems are being addressed.

He adds that the region must remember the outcome of the case involving Jamaican Shanique Myrie and that the training of the relevant points of entry officials is continuing in order to minimise the difficulties.

He has also reaffirmed that all CARICOM nationals have the right to an automatic stay of six months, subject only to certain exceptions.


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