CARICOM to give renewed impetus to CSME implementation

Chairman of  CARICOM and Prime Minister of  Jamaica, Andrew Holness, has announced steps to be taken to give renewed impetus to the implementation of  the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME). 

Full implementation of  the CSME was a key discussion point during this week's meeting of  CARICOM Heads of  Government in Montego Bay, St. James. 

Holness who was speakign at a news conference at the end of the summit,  says the Heads have agreed to a special meeting on the CSME to be held in Trinidad and Tobago in November.

 A report prepared by a commission, chaired by Jamaica's former Prime Minister Bruce Golding had recommended, among other things, that Jamaica should withdraw from the CSME if  it cannot get CARICOM Heads of  Government to agree to fully implement the single market and economy within a five-year period.

Meanwhile, Jamaica and Guyana have agreed to strengthen bilateral relations in the areas of  trade, investment and agriculture.

The two countries will reactivate the Guyana-Jamaica Joint Commission that was established in 1995.

This followed discussions between Holness and President of  Guyana David Granger yesterday at the CARICOM Heads of  Government meeting.  

The reactivation will result in both countries collaborating on trade, investment, agriculture among other things.

The President of  Guyana said attention was paid to food security, noting that there is enough land space in his country and the region for agricultural production. 

Granger said Guyana is on the brink of  going into the petroleum industry and will be using the resources to enrich the Caribbean's access to energy.

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