CARICOM nationals are welcomed in Barbados and thousands of them have been coming here without fuss. Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, speaking against the background of another Jamaican woman alleging recent bad treatment and non-entry at the Grantley Adams International Airport, said a mere six people out of every thousand individuals from CARICOM were barred from coming into the island each year.
The official, who is the regional head with lead responsibility for the implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy, sought to set the record straight last night during the University of the West Indies’ Annual Distinguished
Alumni Lecture. movement of persons”. The event was held at the Errol Barrow Centre For Creative Stuart said the issue was not new, as it had been addressed as Imagination and the Prime Minister spoke on the topic The far back as 1986 by former Prime Minister Errol Barrow, who
Global Crisis: An Opportunity For Collaboration And Cohesion Between CARICOM Member States. “It might be of interest to you that throughout its history Barbados has always welcomed visitors from our Caribbean Community. For the past five years or so on average over 130,000 CARICOM nationals are recorded as entering Barbados every year,” Stuart told he audience.
“In some years more that 180,000 persons arrived here from CARICOM countries. Fewer than 0.6 per cent of these persons were refused entry. Allow me to repeat that. That is six in each thousand entrants are refused entry into Barbados.”
He regretted that in the last few years in the public domain “the criterion which the success of the integration movement has, invariably, been required to meet is that of freedom of
said then “I should like to believe that we are all committed to the principle of mobility and people interaction”. It was Stuart’s belief that “progress in our region is second only to that in the European Union in terms of regional integration”.
“We are able to boast of a comprehensive range and depth of regional cooperation initiatives. While formal European regional integration is now in its 61st year, however, Caribbean regional integration is now in only its 45th year! The present crisis has spared no regional grouping, least of all that of the European Union as is obvious to all of us,” he noted.
“My own cursory analysis has shown that we have done well on collaboration but that perhaps we need to do a little bit more work on our cohesion.” (SC)