Mottley unhappy with the pace of regional integration

Opposition Leader Mia Mottley is questioning the continued separation among Caribbean countries despite years of the proposed Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME).

Speaking at the opening of the People’s National Party annual conference in Kingston, Jamaica last evening, Mottley expressed impatience with the pace of regional integration.

She said there was no reason for the continued barriers to travel within the region.

Mottley noted that regional politicians were able to agree measures for hassle-free travel for spectators during the 2007 Cricket World Cup, but have been unable to do the same for their citizens.

The Barbados Labour Party leader also suggested the introduction of multipurpose identification cards for citizens of the region.

Mottley also lamented the cost of travel between Caribbean countries, noting it was cheaper to travel to many destinations outside of the region than to Caribbean neighbours.

“It is cheaper for me to go to Miami and New York [from Barbados] than to come to Jamaica or St Kitts. It is madness,” she said.

Mottley is also impatient with the state of communication within the region.

She said the lack of information on the fate of the various Caribbean countries following the passage of Hurricane Irma brought the issue sharply into focus.

“Why is there not a real-time news network that allows me to see from Kingston to Kingstown, but I can see what goes on in Iowa and what goes on in Texas? I could see how Irma is decimating the [Florida] Keys, but I really don’t know how it has decimated Tortola or BVI or St Martin,” she said.

Mottley argued that none of her proposals were outside the capacity of CARICOM members, but require political will.

Source: (Jamaica Gleaner/BT)

8 Responses to Mottley unhappy with the pace of regional integration

  1. Epaphras D. Williams
    Epaphras D. Williams September 16, 2017 at 3:36 am

    Slam dunk Mia. HMS Insularity needs sinking to the bottom of the Caribbean Sea. Put down Lost In Another Time (LIAT) as well.

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  2. johnrsmith September 16, 2017 at 5:20 am

    I am in support of this lady for Priminister , but this one is way out, because the best thing thing ever happen for us in the region we are no on a continent , things happen if people want things to happen, …. The major problem our politicians too corrupt………..

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  3. Adrian Allison
    Adrian Allison September 16, 2017 at 7:57 am

    So true Mr Williams
    So true.

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  4. Breadfruit. September 16, 2017 at 9:02 am

    1. Tie the government worker pay increases to the increase in GDP.
    Example: increase of 5% gdp all government workers get a 1% increase and a 2% bonus.

    Any GDP increase under 2% no increase in pay but a small bonus.
    Put the increase in pay low to keep down the government salary and wages bill. Make the bonuses larger and pay out in early December

    2. Any government entity that makes a profit would have an additional bonus for its workers.
    Ex: Transport board make a $10M profit then the workers get to share 1M or 2M equally between them (amount shared by the workers would be a fix percentage of the profits). This would make the worker unofficial part owners and they will thrive to get the biggest bonuses possible thus increase their productivity.

    Now tell me which union would not agree to something like this for the benefit of the workers and also the good of the country?

    Who with me on this?

    E

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  5. Breadfruit. September 16, 2017 at 9:09 am

    Government entities that does not bring in revenue and therefore cannot make a profit(SSA etc) would share, as a bnuses, the funds that they saved if they come in under the budget for the financial year.

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  6. Greengiant September 16, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    She’s gone on the regional stage now. Hahahaha, what’s suddenly happened with your tongue when you’re home? Your party spent 14 years in government, and had chairmanship of Caricom as well. What happened then?

    Get back to what’s happening in Barbados, because if you don’t win at home you won’t be able to win in the region. Whatever challenges you are facing locally, you’re in Jamaica so seek out Jimmy Cliff advisers, and learn how to, “stand up and fight back” because quite differently, “you have everything to lose”.

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  7. jrsmith September 16, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    The best thing which has happen to the region, we are not on a continent, wonder why we cant unite our politics across the region is so similar, guns and drugs to our young people is more a priority than economic behaviour or being responsible …..

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  8. Roger September 17, 2017 at 7:05 am

    I’m with you on this breadfruit and how about the political cronies the Head of departments who have block every single good to increase public services. These same people are impossible to fire

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