Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit who attended the CARICOM Heads of State Meeting at St Lucia last week told GIS news that the global economic crisis was among the items on the agenda.
Dominica’s leader stated that each CARICOM country was evaluated in turn and suggestions made towards alleviating the economic worries.
‘We spent a lot of time as Heads discussing each member state’s challenges to determine what we can do together to ameliorate the situation confronting those states.”
The Prime Minister noted a few of the problems being faced by CARICOM member states.
“Quite a few countries are having shortfalls within their budget financing. There have been increases in unemployment in some countries and that is a concern to member states.”
He also said, “ We spent a lot of time discussing the issue of job creation within the Caribbean. We also studied the global economy to see what impact is being made on the regional economies. Clearly this is major concern for us and we have agreed to continue the discussions [in order] to work out some solutions to some of the challenges confronting us.”
Hon. Skerrit is confident that dealing with the current global financial crisis is “something that we have to do together.”
According to the Honorable Prime Minister, the leaders also discussed the state of crime in CARICOM countries and put forward ways of reducing criminal activity both on land and at sea.
“We discussed the region’s security and there continue to be concerns. It has indicated to us our need to continue to work together as a region to fight crime within our territories and within our waters. Clearly no government can do it alone… we need the support of each [country] to work together and of course we need the support of our development partners working together.”
Hon. Skerrit is satisfied that the CARICOM Heads of State Meeting was very productive.