Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, the Hon, Gaston Browne, has called for shifting of gears to close implementation gaps associated with the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).
Prime Minister Browne, the outgoing Chairman of CARICOM, pointed out that a fully functioning CSME was required for the Region’s post-COVID-19 recovery and that the Region could no longer afford the luxury of delaying key instruments.
Prime Minister Browne was at the time addressing the Opening Ceremony of the Thirty-Third Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM in Belize. The two-day Meeting is being held at Ambergris Caye.
The flagship CSME is a major matter that the Heads will tackle during the Meeting.
The necessity of confronting some of the challenges the Community faced, Prime Minister Browne said, required urgency in CSME implementation.
“We can no longer afford the luxury of delaying approval of key instruments such as the Financial Services Agreement, Investment Policy, Incentive Regimes and the Development and Regulation of a Regional Securities Market.