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PM Stuart wants action


Prime Minister Freundel Stuart is hopeful that concrete action will emerge from the CARICOM-US Summit in Jamaica, so that the people of the region can “ feel the effects of the relationship between the Caribbean and the United States of America”.

Mr. Stuart made this comment ahead of the start of the Summit, which got under way in Kingston, Jamaica this afternoon. At the meeting, CARICOM Heads of Government and President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, are expected to discuss critical issues of interest to the two sides, including energy, security and competitiveness.

Insisting that the region was not looking to larger countries like the United States to “do for us what we can do for ourselves”, the Prime Minister, however, stated that as small island developing states, the nations of the Caribbean faced challenges which “had much to do with the economic and political behaviour” of countries in the North Atlantic.

“I think the time has come for us to say exactly how we feel about some of these things, very respectfully of course. I do not think we can continue to meet for photo opportunities, when in fact the people of the Caribbean are looking on, expecting concrete results from encounters, such as that which we are going to have with President Obama,” he contended.

Pointing out that the region had a diaspora in the United States that contributed significantly to the development of that country, Mr. Stuart stated that he hoped that President Obama saw the need for his country “to do a little more” for the people of the Caribbean.

“If nothing more comes out of the meeting, [we would wish] a commitment on the part of the United States to sit with us for a much longer period than we are scheduled to sit [on Thursday] to talk through our challenges, not in a way that puts the US in any position of verticality in relation to the people of the Caribbean, but in a relationship based on horizontality,” he said.




6 Responses to PM Stuart wants action

  1. Santini More
    Santini More April 9, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    hahahahah…That is so funny coming from him!

  2. Heather Cole
    Heather Cole April 9, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    He has provened that he cannot resolve the problems of Barbados that his government created. That is where the action is. Had he satisfied the requirements of the people of Barbados then I could understand him wanting more action. While he wants more action the people of Barbados want freedom from his actions.

  3. Cisco Wolf
    Cisco Wolf April 9, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    Oh look a flying pig outside my window.

  4. Alex Alleyne April 9, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    Thats all .

  5. Jim Lynch April 10, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Hmmm… I can think of another quarter million people who want to see some action… but despite their own demands a certain person is not budging.

    I wonder if he is intelligent enough to see the irony?

    By opening his mouth, he is only confirming what we have all been thinking – and saying – all along.

  6. Ralph Talma April 10, 2015 at 11:28 am

    1. PM Stuart was 99% correct in what he said. I would have added to the statement the fact that in addition to challenges from countries in the North Atlantic, the Small Island Developing States faced them from behaviour amongst ourselves (i.e. Banks Ltd).
    2. As regards his flirting with China. Yes please. China is doing great things in Africa, the sub Continent and the Far East. It will soon be overtaking the USA as a superpower. Just make sure all contracts are gone over with a fine tooth comb. Remember the USA is turning away from Europe and South America and devoting its efforts to the Pacific rim.


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