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Europe Is Waving Goodbye to Sugar Cane - Bloomberg
by Agnieszka De Sousa
March 15, 2017, 8:01 PM EDT March 16, 2017,
EU  sugar  history  Caribbean  Caricom  Guyana 
march 2017 by jerryking
Political leadership in the Caribbean –
Feb 05, 2017 Features | Kaieteur News | By Sir Ronald Sanders.

The aspirations of today’s Caribbean leaders are no different to Castro’s; their circumstances are different. Caribbean economies are small and, when there is an economic downturn or some major calamity in the countries with which we trade or from which our foreign investment comes, our economies become constrained. It’s not that the leaders would not like to do better, they are operating in restricted circumstances, and they do the best they can. They have no champion as Castro had with the Soviet Union.
But, they miss opportunities by not doing more together. .....CARICOM is a valuable tool for the advancement of the Caribbean people and for Caribbean countries individually and collectively. Unfortunately, since independence, a kind of false nationalism has crept into our psyche; one which, in some cases, cannot admit to being as much a citizen of the Caribbean region as a national of a country within it. Part of the reason is that leaders don’t give effective leadership on this issue.....In almost every Caribbean country, there exists an anathema to migrants from other Caribbean countries, displayed particularly at Airports where Caribbean people face discrimination.......There has not been sufficient advocacy of Caribbean integration by the leadership of the region to help people to understand that, whether or not we came in the same ship, we are now in the same boat and that boat is in turbulent waters. All of us in that boat have to row it together, if not we will sink together....The point is that our circumstances are such that we need each other; no single country in the Caribbean – none, not Trinidad and Tobago, with its oil and gas resources, not Guyana with its vast land and natural resources, not Jamaica with its large population can survive on its own.
The world is tough, and it is only by the marrying and integrating of our resources at all levels that we can hope to do better. If we continue to let integration languish, I am afraid we are writing our own suicide drama and we are acting it out. We have to overcome it. And, political leadership matters – from governing and opposition parties alike.............
Caribbean  Caricom  coalitions  collective_action  competitiveness_of_nations  constraints  disunity  human_psyche  integration  leadership  loyal_opposition  missed_opportunities  nationalism  parochialism  politicians  small_states  strategic_alliances 
february 2017 by jerryking
Painting the Wind: The ambition and frustration of a Caribbean man : Kaieteur News
June 30, 2013 | By KNews | Filed Under Features / Columnists, Ronald Sanders

By Sir Ronald Sanders
Caribbean  Caricom  novels  men 
july 2013 by jerryking
Trinidad PM urges fresh effort in trade talks between Canada, Caricom - The Globe and Mail
Apr. 26 2013 | The Globe and Mail |JANET McFARLAND

Canada and the Caribbean Community (Caricom) nations have been discussing a new free trade deal since 2007, but there is growing urgency to complete a deal by year-end because the existing trade deal, known as the Caribbean-Canada Trade Agreement (Caribcan), cannot be renewed due to World Trade Organization opposition. The WTO has ruled its preferential duty-free access is incompatible with WTO rules.

Ms. Persad-Bissessar said talks on a broader free trade agreement have been hindered because of “insecurity” among some Caribbean nations that they will not be treated fairly following complaints in some countries about a prior deal with the European Union.
Trinidad_&_Tobago  Canada  Caribbean  Caricom  international_trade  free-trade 
may 2013 by jerryking
Caribbean in greatest crisis since independence : Kaieteur News
November 18, 2012 | By KNews | Sir Ronald Sanders.

This is a worrying condition for the CARICOM region. For, if the public has lost faith in the willingness of governments and institutions to act swiftly and together to extract them from crisis, the consequences will be even more serious. They will include increased emigration of the skilled persons in our societies, shrinkage of investment by local business people, and a general malaise in the productive sector. In short, it will lead to a worsening of the crisis.
The sad aspect of all this is that every leader in the member-states of CARICOM, in its institutions and in the private sector know very well that deeper integration of Caribbean economies and closer harmonisation of their external relations would be an immediate stimulus to pulling CARICOM countries out of what Dr Anthony rightly describes as “this vicious vortex of persistent low growth, crippling debt, huge fiscal deficits and high unemployment”.
Caribbean  crisis  Caricom  failed_states  misgovernance  low_growth  brain_drain  unemployment  debt  sovereignty  downward_spirals 
november 2012 by jerryking
Dominican movie studio: A message to Caribbean private sector
4 March 2011| dominicantoday | David Jessop The View from
Europe Dominican movie studio: A message to Caribbean private sector
Caribbean  Caricom  PPP 
march 2011 by jerryking
Canada can do more for the Caribbean, so can the Caribbean
November 28, 2010 | By KNews | , Ronald Sanders

By Sir Ronald Sanders
Caribbean  Canada  CIDA  Caricom 
december 2010 by jerryking
Caricom's 'buck-passing' culture - Social & Political Issues -
Sunday, August 22, 2010 | | RICKEY SINGH. fecklessness
Caribbean  Caricom  feckless 
september 2010 by jerryking
Walk without talk
March 29, 2010 | Stabroek News | Dave Martin. Op-ed on Caribbean unity--or lack thereof.
Caribbean  unity  regional  history  dissension  disunity  Caricom  dissolutions  Dave_Martins 
march 2010 by jerryking

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