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.