‘Time to Decide on Freedom of Movement in CARICOM’, says AG

Attorney General and West Central, St. James MP, Marlene Malahoo Forte says it’s crucial that Jamaica makes a decision about what signal it wishes to send about its position on freedom of movement within CARICOM.

Mrs. Malahoo Forte was addressing the House of Representatives yesterday during a special sitting which was held to discuss a report on the future of Jamaica’s relationship with CARICOM.

It was prepared by a team led by former Jamaican Prime Minister, Bruce Golding.

Mrs. Malahoo Forte says failure to quickly arrive at an amicable position on the issue of freedom of movement will significantly weaken CARICOM.

Meanwhile, the Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett is supporting a recommendation in the Golding report for the removal of travel tax in the region.

Mr. Bartlett says the fourth largest bloc of tourists who enter Jamaica arrive from the Caribbean.

He says it’s time for Caribbean tourism stakeholders to take an ambitious look at how to maximize respective earnings from the industry.

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