Saturday, March 28, 2009

Bahamas and the problem of the caribbean regional integration(CARICOM)

EDITORIAL (About Bahamas position during the meeting of CARICOM in Belize City)
"POSITION UNCHANGED"

At the 20th inter-sessional meeting of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) held in Belize City, Belize, earlier this month, heads of government "reiterated their commitment to the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) and its implementation and effective functioning, paying particular attention to free movement of persons, accreditation and standardization mechanisms," according to a communiqué released at the conclusion of the meeting by the CARICOM Secretariat.

"...Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham made it clear that The Bahamas' position with regard to CSME had not changed; that position being that The Bahamas has no intention of agreeing to certain aspects of CSME, particularly the provisions calling for the free movement of people and a single economy."
"..."The Bahamas, with the third highest per capita GDP in the hemisphere, and whose bustling economy certainly qualifies it for CSME, has decided not to join the system because it feels threatened by the 'free movement' clause, which could lead to a surge in immigration from the poorer islands."

The well-respected Council on Hemispheric Affairs, a Washington, D.C.-based research and information organization, did an analysis on CSME several years ago that pinpointed the problems faced by some CARICOM-member countries when some of that was being proposed.
click here: http://www.thenassauguardian.com/editorial/352067345970780.php

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