CARICOM chair says community should fully implement five-year strategic plan
New CARICOM chairman Perry Christie says it’s important for the 15-member regional grouping to fully implement the five-year strategic plan that has been endorsed by regional leaders to deepen the integration movement.
Christie, who is also the Prime Minister of the Bahamas, took over from Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne as chairman of CARICOM.
He says the 2015 to 2019 plan is a bold step that demonstrates a determination to provide the best options for the growth and development of the region.
Perry also described it as an important part of the CARICOM reform process and says regional leaders stand to be judged both by its success and the actions taken to implement it.
He says in moving to reposition the region, CARICOM was seeking to make it more resilient to the internal and external factors which hinder the efforts by Caribbean nations to achieve sustainable development.
WATCH: The Gleaner Minute