PM ready to talk

Stuart wants ‘full and frank’ CSME exchange

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart says the time has come for “full and frank discussions” on the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Single Market and Economy (CSME).

“We have to look at what we have achieved, what remains to be achieved, what are the existing enabling features that can assist us in achieving and what are the disabling features that can stand in the way,” said Stuart, who is the lead spokesman on the CSME within CARICOM’s quasi-cabinet.

“We have to see where our strengths, weaknesses and opportunities are, and be prepared to deal with any threats to the achievement of our objectives,” he added during a recent meeting with CARICOM officials, led by Secretary General Irwin LaRocque, at Ilaro Court.

Also in attendance were Minister of Foreign Affairs, Senator Maxine McClean; Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator Darcy Boyce; Barbados’ CARICOM Ambassador Robert Morris; Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office Sonja Welch; and CARICOM’s Assistant Secretary-General, Trade and Economic Development, Joseph Cox.

The two-and-half-hour meeting was held to update Stuart on the status of the implementation of the CSME, as CARICOM leaders prepare for their 28th Intersessional Meeting in Guyana next month.    

While acknowledging that the CSME was a journey on which regional governments had embarked, Stuart warned that “this will never be a destination where at some stage one can say that the labourer’s task is over”.

He also cautioned that “free movement of people will never work perfectly in this imperfect world”. However, the Prime Minister said CARICOM should not allow random challenges to divert its attention from what it has achieved.

“We do not give ourselves enough credit for what we have achieved; we judge ourselves based on what we have not achieved,” he said while insisting that significant work had already been done.

He also suggested that the region was more closely integrated today than at any other time of its history while stressing Barbados’ commitment to the CSME.

“From its pursuit and realization, we cannot afford to retreat. Barbados believes the pursuit of this ideal can benefit the region,” he said.

26 Responses to PM ready to talk

  1. Ryan R A Charles
    Ryan R A Charles January 20, 2017 at 2:10 am

    Nine years after the fact and he’s “ready to talk”…… GIRL BYE!!!!

  2. Sherene Drakes-Seales
    Sherene Drakes-Seales January 20, 2017 at 2:14 am

    You talking bout all other economies except your own. You’re meddling in everyone’s business except your own. How is it even possible to address the topic of a common single economy in the region if individual economies can’t first be built and sustained? I can suggest nuff tings bout hay that I think needs your “full and frank” discourse Freundel.

  3. Nikolai Gibson
    Nikolai Gibson January 20, 2017 at 2:19 am

    Used to wonder why you didn’t talk to us , now I wish you would keep on doing it.

  4. Dave Person
    Dave Person January 20, 2017 at 2:25 am

    Is CSME a benifit to muti island companies? Just asking as it is takeing so long.

  5. Kemar Holder
    Kemar Holder January 20, 2017 at 2:39 am

    Stupse Anit wanna hear u now

  6. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock January 20, 2017 at 2:43 am

    Ha!ha!he can’t even talk about Barbados but saying that he’s going to talk about the Caribbean! HA!HA!AAAAAAAAAAAA!

  7. John Small
    John Small January 20, 2017 at 3:23 am

    Wait wait Dont do it not yet get the toilet paper to wipe when yah finish!….

  8. Natalie January 20, 2017 at 4:13 am

    The time has come for “full and frank discussions” on the Barbados economy!!!

  9. Sherwin Patterson
    Sherwin Patterson January 20, 2017 at 4:31 am

    You sink the country into proverty.

  10. Troy R Stuart
    Troy R Stuart January 20, 2017 at 4:43 am

    And nobody wants to hear…..#keepsilent

  11. Khati D
    Khati D'Souza January 20, 2017 at 6:04 am

    I will get victimize further for talking but I doan care! Looks like my most admired brave lady of this Land will have to go back and tell our Leader to be more specific in speech when speaking on economy and related matters about BARBADOS. Talk about corruption in high places with your banks courts etc, people out of jobs and going hungry; that Hospital needs serious checking up, i will rather DIE than to go their ever! So nobody must ever call the ambulance for me if I drop down with an HA with all the steroids I have to take swerving on the roads! I was taught to be a leader, you have to act like a leader and firmly be responsible like a leader. If those that were there before wrongs and you are so right THEN be the bigger one and correct it. Its your people that suffers and they will get sick and tired of hearing this blaming thing after nine years. A friend of mine who works in one of the departments and his job entitles him to go door to door says almost every household he goes to have negative things to say about you as a Leader. At the end of the day its us the masses that you need to be supportive of you NOT no damn old lady on the bus! I will soon tell Barbados of what happened to my life for the last nine yrs, victimize me more! I look back as a pupil of Charles.F.Broomes Primary and i think it was ms.Forde’s class when she asked “what does dignity means?” Some skinny lil girl got up an say “maam maam iz when you got nuff money like de prime minister”….i often smile when i remember….i smile often these days.

  12. jrsmith January 20, 2017 at 6:05 am

    What single market economy , peppers and cucumbers , this man is dreaming , everything in barbados is a mess and he is on about frank discussions ,
    I am in doubt if the other islands think anything about our priminister or barbados..
    The region, a group of poor countries all standing at the cross roads with tin cup in hand waiting for hand outs , all praying with they manufactured religions , bibles, guns and knives waiting for God…………..

  13. Seth St John
    Seth St John January 20, 2017 at 6:10 am

    One must stop and wonder why now, after all this time, he is willing to talk…..

  14. Tamiya Wasnice Best
    Tamiya Wasnice Best January 20, 2017 at 6:19 am

    Oh shut up

  15. Harewood Ann
    Harewood Ann January 20, 2017 at 6:33 am

    People are suffering and you keep sleeping all the time nothing to do about it keeping on sleeping Giant

  16. Rasheed Spikey Singh
    Rasheed Spikey Singh January 20, 2017 at 6:37 am

    Only ready to talk since elections round the corner……big long effing stupseeeee

  17. Louis Swann
    Louis Swann January 20, 2017 at 6:43 am

    Please bt, i like your reporting of the news but the headline is borderline click bait and i think you guys are above that so please dont stray…

  18. Jennifer January 20, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Now what an oxymoron. This is like trying to mix IRON with CLAY which will never work. Actually the only people who will benefit is the multi million dollar companies.
    Strengths – none, weaknesses – many , and opportunities – Oh dear, here comes the cooning again. WATERMELON EATING AND SPITTING SEEDS EVERYWHERE.

  19. Jus me January 20, 2017 at 8:20 am

    I jus axin yuh achieved WHAT???

  20. fedup January 20, 2017 at 8:51 am

    Too funny! Yuh got anymore jokes?

  21. Jennifer January 20, 2017 at 9:37 am

    @jrsmith – Every NATION was god was given a god for THEIR prosperity. i.e
    Chinese – Buddha God
    Arabs – Allah/Mohammad god
    Indian – Hindu/Vishnu god
    Caucasians – Christianity/ white Jesus (Zeus) god
    Negros – ??????

    The problem with our people is that we are yet again stuck.
    ANSWER – We are praying to the wrong god, we continue to pray to a white god who enslaved you along with his descendants. Waiting for him TO SAVE YOU. DUMB ISN’T IT?

  22. Jennifer January 20, 2017 at 9:39 am

    @jrsmith – Typo- was given a god

  23. Tony Webster January 20, 2017 at 11:54 am

    I have the greatest respect and the highest regard, for the OFFICE of Prime Minister, as distinct from the holder-for-tenure-for-the-time-bring. One trusts to God that most citizens will also discern carefully the one from the other, lest permanent damage and disrespect be occasioned to the Office itself.

  24. Ann Thomas January 20, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    What welcome news, the Prime Minister is ready to talk, but to whom and about what?

    Mr. Prime Minister, we are more interested in what is happening in Barbados than what is happening with the CSME. Please tell us about the economy or lack thereof and the myriad other “temporary inconveniences” that we have had to put up with, for far too long.

    Thank you, a Barbadian citizen, not a CARICOM one

  25. F.A.Rudder January 23, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    OK Barbados or rather Bajans ! How many of you are willing to go out there on a Sunday and strive to bring your economy up to par “I think not many “! As a collective group a less than .025%. Now we can listen to all the rhetoric and drama but what are you doing for your country? Waiting to import labour? Are all the CSME governments on par with Customs, Immigration, Pay scale, Safety Operations and Health Benefits for workers ?


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