CARICOM member countries have a deadline of March 31 to submit comments on the review of the various regimes of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).

The review shows the status of implementation, for each country, of the measures intended to bring the CSME into effect.

In an interview at the end of the 28th inter-sessional meeting of CARICOM heads of government in Georgetown, Guyana, Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart explained that the “comprehensive” review had been carried out by the CARICOM Secretariat under his oversight as lead head for the CSME, and as directed by the conference of heads of government last July.

“What the review has done is to highlight all those things that we have achieved, which are many, as well as those things that we have not achieved but can be done once member states implement the necessary legislation, or put other mechanisms in place to make the operation of the CSME more effective in the respective areas,” Stuart noted.

The prime minister observed that, despite various challenges, there was still a “high level of enthusiasm” for the regional integration movement, and a high level of interest in the goal of a CSME.

The heads of government will consider again the progress of the CSME at their next regular meeting, which will be held from July 4 to 6, in St Georges, Grenada. That meeting will be chaired by Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell.

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