“The extent to which the Caribbean Community will be successful in securing vibrant societies and building resilient economies will turn on how successful we are with carrying the flag of Unity forward.” Said St.Kitts-Nevis Prime Minister Dr. Hon Timothy Harris during his maiden speech at the CARICOM Summit now being held in Barbados.
Harris commended the community on current efforts being currently taken in pursuit of Unity and called on the regional body to carry the flag of UNITY into the future.
“The strength of our resolve will turn on the strength and involvement of our citizens in carrying the integration process forward,” declared Dr. Harris
“I am therefore heartened at recent advances towards reforming the governance architecture of the Caribbean Community and democratizing the decision-making process through the operationalization of the CARICOM Permanent Committee of Ambassadors. It is hoped that our Ambassadors will strengthen the consultative process with national constituencies in order to have the views of the people reflected in the agenda-setting and policy formulation phases of the regional agenda. This new development, along with the proposed re-establishment of the Assembly of Caribbean Community Parliamentarians, will finally create a system which gives central place to the sovereignty of the people through the inclusion of the CARICOM body politic and social partners,” said PM Harris
PM Harris concluded with a hail and wish for the longevity of CARICOM and Caribbean UNITY
“I therefore wish to posit to my Colleagues that if we can manage to approach the regional agenda with such simple and achievable goals, and pursue them with vigour and unity, this would represent a quantum leap forward for the people of our Community in our thousand-mile journey and hasten a golden era of prosperity and well-being in the Caribbean region.
Long live Caribbean Unity,Long Live CARICOM!” concluded PM Harris.
Also addressing the Summit were United Nations secretary general Ban Ki Moon and other Leaders including host Leader Barbados Prime Minister Freundel and outgoing chairman of CARICOM and Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Perry G Christie.