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Dominican Prime Minister, Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit has assured that the membership of CARICOM has no issue with Jamaica, and Prime Minister the Hon. Bruce Golding’s chairmanship of the regional body at this time, despite the country’s own internal challenges.

Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Dr. Hon. Baldwin Spencer (right), addresses members of the regional media at a press conference called today (July 5)following a meeting of Heads, Secretary -General of the United Nations (UN), Ban Ki-moon; and Secretary- General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Jose Miguel Insulza. Dominican Prime Minister, Hon. Roosevelt, with whom the press conference was jointly held, observes.

“I believe all of us Heads of Government have no objection to Prime Minister Golding leading CARICOM. What he is doing in Jamaica is something that is supported in terms of fighting criminals and all of us, and citizens of the region must play our part, because crime is a societal problem and not a governmental problem,” Mr. Skerrit stated. He noted that this position taken in Jamaica can benefit the region, in pushing forward that particular agenda.
Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Dr. Hon. Baldwin Spencer, reinforced Mr. Skerrit’s statement, noting that, “Jamaica is very much part of CARICOM, and to the extent that Jamaica is now spearheading whatever efforts that have to be undertaken over the next six months, taking into consideration its own problems at home, is a positive development, and so we don’t have any concerns about that, because Jamaica will be helped by this process, and I am sure that CARICOM will equally benefit, from this situation”.
The leaders were speaking at a joint-press conference at the 31st Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM, at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay today (July 5).
Jamaica was decided on for the Chairmanship as Haiti was unable to take up its turn, due to the January 12 earthquake, which devastated parts of that island.
The press conference followed a meeting of Heads and special guests, which saw discussions with Secretary -General of the United Nations (UN), Ban Ki-moon and Secretary- General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Jos