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  • Private individuals and organisations in the Caribbean need to unite their efforts with Governments of the region to solve common problems.
  • More than 400 CARAIFA delegates from 13 islands of the region are currently attending the conference, being held under the theme, ‘Embrace the Future’.
  • Sir Patrick told the insurance and financial advisors, “we must believe that we in the Caribbean have the capacity to solve our own problems.”

Governor-General His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen says private individuals and organisations in the Caribbean need to unite their efforts with Governments of the region to solve common problems.

He was addressing the opening ceremony of the 28th Annual Congress of the Caribbean Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (CARAIFA) at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay, St. James on Monday, April 28.

More than 400 CARAIFA delegates from 13 islands of the region are currently attending the conference, being held under the theme, ‘Embrace the Future’.

Citing new and emerging fiscal, social, and environmental problems facing the region, such as ageing populations, the rising incidence of non-communicable diseases, environmental, climate changes issues, Sir Patrick told the insurance and financial advisors, “we must believe that we in the Caribbean have the capacity to solve our own problems.”

Successfully tackling these challenges, he said “demands that the region pools its best intellect and experience to design workable strategies, and commit to implementing them as the socio-economic ills cannot be solved by any government acting alone.  Moving forward we should embrace community action, partnerships at all levels and volunteerism as essential vehicles for social transformation.”

Pointing out that the region is in danger of losing its moral compass with the encroachment of the “anything goes” philosophy of the post-modern era, Sir Patrick charged CARAIFA to “act now to ensure that the future we embrace does not oblige us to accept as the new norm that which our forefathers considered aberrant and abnormal behaviour”.