Jamaica may pull out of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) if a clear programme and definitive commitment to have it fully operational within the next five years do not materialize.

Former Prime Minister of Jamaica Bruce Golding disclosed this during his remarks on the report of the commission to review Jamaica’s relations with the CARICOM and CARIFORUM frameworks on Friday at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica.

“In the absence of a commitment by member states as outlined above, and its diligent execution, Jamaica should withdraw from the CSME, but retain its membership of CARICOM in a capacity similar to that of The Bahamas,” the report read in part.

The commission consisted of 18 members, with Golding as chairman.

Golding said the mandate that the commission was given could be broken down into three broad areas: to assess the impact that CARICOM had on Jamaica in particular, but across the region; to identify its shortcomings; and to make recommendations for the way forward.

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