President of Guyana, His Excellency, Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo has said that the political will exists in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to achieve the goals of regional integration, but that this has not been matched by the relevant structures that will allow effective implementation of decisions.
He was addressing a press conference on the third day (July 6) of the 31st Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM, which is being hosted at the Rose Hall Resort in Montego Bay, St. James, from July 4 to 7.
“We meet twice per year, there are a few other meetings with our ministers etc, but infrequently, and we expect that structure to run the single market and economy and a community programme…if we want more implementation, then we have to have a structure, slightly different than the Secretariat,” he said, explaining that the Secretariat has a defined role that “focuses on the task of implementation on a daily basis”.
President of Guyana, His Excellency Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo addresses the press conference held on the third day (July 6) of the 31st Meeting of the Conference of CARICOM Heads of Government, at the Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay St. James.
Dr. Bharrat noted that the Secretariat comprised technical persons, who were community public servants, but did not represent individual governments. This mechanism he said would cause the issues to be raised more frequently. “I am conceding that we have taken too long, to put in place that mechanism,” he remarked.
The Guyanese President also argued that despite the absence of some Heads, who were represented by Foreign Ministers and Deputy Prime Ministers, there were still meaningful discussions taking place at the conference.
“They come with the mandate of their Heads…sometimes Heads can’t make it for real reasons, but it doesn’t mean that the work doesn’t go on…you can’t be there but it doesn’t mean that you are not plugged into the process,” he stated.