Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, Wednesday July 4th assured Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government of Jamaica’s commitment to regional integration.
She was addressing the opening ceremony of the 33rd Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government held at the Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa and Beach Resort in Gros-Islet, St Lucia.
She noted that “In some circles, CARICOM is viewed with cynicism and its relevance is continuously questioned; I do not subscribe to that. In fact, I want to underscore Jamaica’s commitment to regionalism as a core principle of our foreign policy and external trade policy”.
She stated that Jamaica will continue to publicly reiterate the importance of the regional integration movement “to the attainment of our national development goals and for the advancement of our region as a whole."
The staging of the regional conference at the Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa and Beach Resort, which is Jamaican owned, she said, showcases “Caribbean innovation and entrepreneurship, and the strength and potential of intra-Caribbean investment."
Mrs. Simpson Miller expressed her gratitude to the incoming Chairman of CARICOM, Dr. the Hon. Kenny D. Anthony, and the Government and people of St. Lucia, for the warm and generous hospitality extended to her and her delegation.
She said she is confident that, given the experience of Dr. Anthony, CARICOM will become a stronger institution.
By George Jude