Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, says some of the recommendations of the Bruce Golding-led CARICOM Commission are not achievable in the foreseeable future.
The Commission, headed by former Jamaican Prime Minister, Bruce Golding, set out 33 recommendations to improve the function of the regional body.
After tabling the report in Jamaica’s Parliament earlier this year, current Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, gave CARICOM an ultimatum to implement the Single Market and Economy in five years, or Jamaica may leave the regional block.
But Prime Minister Gonsalves says they need more time.
He was speaking with the media at the 39th CARICOM Heads of Government Conference in Montego Bay this morning.
At Wednesday’s opening ceremony, several CARICOM leaders, including Barbados’ new Prime Minister, Mia Mottley, suggested that time is running out for the full implementation of the CSME.
But Prime Minister Gonsalves says some of the provisions of the CSME, such as full currency conversion and complete free movement of labour, will need more time.
Dr. Gonsalves says Caricom has addressed many issues regarding the single market. He notes that there is free movement for university graduates and people with certain skill sets.
In the meantime, the St. Vincent Prime Minister says he’s accepted that Haitians like all other Caricom nationals should have the right to travel throughout the region without a visa.
Haitians require a visa to enter several Caricom countries.