By Andre Huie
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- While the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) pushes the agenda of regional integration, noted Caribbean historian Dr Lennox Honeychurch from Dominica is not that optimistic that this will materialize. He is instead turning his hope on closer integration of the OECS countries.
Dr Lennox Honeychurch
“The Caribbean will never come together because of this individualism,” Honeychurch said.
“That is why I have given up on CARICOM; yes let them have their meetings, let them have their big bureaucracy down there in Guyana, but really nothing is going to happen with them. I put more faith in the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States but I do not see a political union,” he added.
A guest on WINN Fm’s Voices programme last Wednesday, Honeychurch recounted the attempts to regionalism in the West Indies Federation of the 1950s and the role the OECS, particularly St Kitts and Nevis played in that construct.
But as the region continues to struggle to integrate, Honeychurch spoke of another challenge affecting the region: brain drain -- the movement of professionals from the Caribbean to more developed economies.
“The middle class in which the governments; the taxpayers invested massive of money in education and in scholarships have largely left and those that remain, every so often you hear them say I am making a sacrifice for my country. But I understand my cousin or whoever goes and live in the United States because there is less stress in terms of the political pressure and they make their money and that kind of stuff,” Honeychurch noted.
Republished with permission of West Indies News Network