Holness Insists JLP Isn’t Anti-CARICOM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness is rejecting what he says are suggestions in the public domain that the governing JLP is reluctant to have Jamaica continue in CARICOM.

Mr. Holness sought to clarify the position of the JLP-administration on CARICOM.

Prime Minister Holness was speaking in the House of Representatives this afternoon shortly after he opened debate on a CARICOM report which was submitted to Cabinet.

The report was prepared by a team which was led by former Prime Minister, Bruce Golding.

Mr. Holness says the Government accepts a recommendation of the Golding report for provisions to be put in place for stricter enforcement when countries violate their obligation to the regional trading bloc.

Prime Minister Holness says the Government has reservations about a suggestion in the Golding report that a new institution be created to provide oversight of whether CARICOM members are fulfilling their obligations.

In the meantime, Opposition Leader, Dr. Peter Phillips says he believes that the Golding-report has failed to provide a pathway to achieve transformation in CARICOM.

However, Dr. Phillips says there are some recommendations made in the Golding report with which the Opposition agrees.

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