CARICOM Chairman Calls For Repositioning of Grouping to Address Challenges

Chairman of CARICOM and Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Timothy Harris addressing the opening session of the 30th Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort.

BASSETERRE, St Kitts, Tuesday February
26, 2019
– Chairman of the Caribbean Community
(CARICOM) and Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Timothy Harris, has
urged his fellow regional Heads of Government to take the necessary steps to
reposition the 15-member regional bloc in order to face its challenges.

“We must harness our collective wisdom, identify our competitive
strengths and use our creativity to carve out a space for us to thrive,” he
said today during his remarks at the opening ceremony of the two-day 30th
Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM.

Prime Minister Harris noted that as efforts are made to reposition
the regional body, CARICOM nations must also “confront the inequities being
visited upon us by forging strong alliances, by strong, sustained advocacy and
by cleverly using the avenues open to us to contest the unjust actions of the
international community.”

He further indicated that innovative thinking and the collective
intellectual capacity of the region are critically important if they are to
achieve this goal.

“Our Community possesses enough of both to design solutions and
craft responses to the challenges that have been thrust upon us,” Prime
Minister Harris said.

Furthermore, the Kittitian leader said the complex challenges
facing small island developing states such as CARICOM nations, cannot be
confronted individually.

“Together we can forge a path and find creative solutions to
ensure progress towards sustainable development. That will be a true
demonstration of the power of unity,” he added.

Harris assumed chairmanship of CARICOM on January 1, 2019 from the Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness.

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