Grenadian PM Warns of Political Problems Stemming from CSME Implementation

Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. Keith Mitchell, says he’s supporting a proposal for a monthly report from the CARICOM Secretariat to Barbados which is responsible for leading States towards the Caribbean Single Market and Economy, CSME.

He says the proposal was put forward by recently-elected Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley, in a meeting of the CARICOM Heads of Government last week.

Prime Minister Mitchell also addressed the controversial matter of his country requiring visas from Haitians to travel to Grenada. He was speaking with the media at the 39th Heads of Government Conference in Montego Bay, St James.

Dr. Mitchell says Ms. Mottley’s proposal for monthly reports from the CARICOM Secretariat should augur well for greater accountability.

He also echoed sentiments expressed by Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, that it’s difficult to achieve currency conversion and complete free movement of labour.

He says Grenadian nationals would cause what he describes as political problems is they have to contend with people migrating to take certain jobs they want.

Several CARICOM States require Haitians to have a visa to travel. Dr. Mitchell says while he accepts that Haitians should be afforded the same rights as all CARICOM nationals to travel freely, there are problems.

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