CARICOM high on agenda

dlpmanifestojonesetalRegional cooperation within the framework of CARICOM will be a key agenda item if the Democratic Labour Party is returned to office.

And it will include concluding fishing, natural gas and other agreements with neighbouring Trinidad and Tobago, the DLP’s general election manifesto has outlined.

“Within CARICOM, we will act to ensure that a spirit of ‘disagreeing without being disagreeable’ will prevail among the Heads of Government,” the party stated.

The manifesto said a new DLP administration would “capitalise on our successful completion of the delimitation of Barbados’ Extended Continental Shelf, and commence negotiations with our neighbours to delimit our maritime boundaries”.

Another aim was to “expand the focal point in the Prime Minister’s Office and create a structured linking mechanism with the CARICOM Unit in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, along with the role of ambassador to CARICOM, to promote the regional integration effort”.

This was in addition to promoting the concept of the Blue Economy within the CARICOM by advancing the cause of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism, and completing arrangements with Trinidad in bilateral arrangements relative to Fishing, access to natural gas and a ferry transport service.

The DLP also said it would:

* Continue to cooperate with the Suriname Initiative and the ‘Jagdeo Initiative’ to encourage Barbadian entrepreneurs to explore possibilities to participate in such Caribbean enterprises.

* Support the initiative of our local manufacturers to find trading opportunities with our CARICOM partners.

* Continue to take a leading role in CARICOM with special emphasis on the Single Market, including the freedom of movement of labour and capital, harmonised laws and fiscal policy, competition policy, procurement policy, harmonised procedures for establishing business opportunities.

* Continue the deepening of relations with the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States.

* Promote CARIFESTA as a platform for the expansion of the creative and cultural industries and for fostering creative and cultural entrepreneurs.

* Work to create the concept of the Caribbean as a Single Space for visitors and the concept of the Caribbean civilisation as a unique heritage destination and experience for Caribbean people and others. (SC)

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