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SG confident about CARICOM’s future

The Secretary General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) this afternoon identified private sector investment and entrepreneurship as a key element to sustainable growth and combating high unemployment.

Speaking at the official opening of the 36 regular Caribbean Heads of Government Conference at Hilton Barbados, Irwin LaRocque said the entrepreneurial spirit of innovation, creativity and risk-taking, were essential to succeed in an ever changing and increasingly competitive global marketplace.

CARICOM Secretary General Irwin LaRocque

CARICOM Secretary General Irwin LaRocque

“Just three days ago, I was excited by the entrepreneurial spirit and activity of our youth, as we engaged in a social media event here in Barbados, across the region and the diaspora, highlighting that aspect of their development,” LaRoque told the conference, which included United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and other dignitaries.

He said the young people demonstrated that creativity and innovation were alive and well in the Community and would help nationals to compete and succeed in this demanding and dynamic world.

“Their belief and confidence in their abilities and commitment to the region, engender optimism in the future.

“This is embodied, for instance, by Warren Cassell Jr. of Montserrat, a 16-year-old who started in business at age eight, and from his small regional base, is using his skills at technology to provide services across the region and further afield.”

The Secretary General noted that Cassell was also an international best-selling author and a motivational speaker on a mission to inspire his peers to maximize their potential.

He also referred to Nolana Lynch of Trinidad and Tobago, who started a successful company five years ago at age 22 and used profits from her sales to fund sustainable development projects throughout the Community.

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