Trinidad prime minister restates commitment to CARICOM

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by Caribbean News Now Staff

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Trinidad and Tobago prime minister, Kamla Persad Bissessar, under pressure for recent remarks regarding her country’s commitment to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), on Monday pledged her six-month-old administration’s support for the regional integration movement.

Addressing a regional information communication and technology business and innovation symposium, Persad Bissessar told delegates that Trinidad and Tobago does not live in isolation, but is an active member of the wider globalised community.

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Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar

Caribbean Media Corporation reported Kamla Bissessar added, "In particular, we are members of CARICOM, and party to the CARICOM Single Market and Economy. In once again reaffirming Trinidad and Tobago’s commitment to CARICOM and the cause of the Caribbean Integration, I would also like to take this opportunity to mention two ICT initiatives that have perhaps not received the attention they deserve, but which are nevertheless likely to have a noticeable impact on the CARICOM landscape."

In recent months, the prime minister has come under criticism for her remarks over the manner in which Trinidad and Tobago would provide assistance to CARICOM countries, with the latest controversy being sparked over aid to St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines following the passage of Hurricane Tomas in October.

In her address, Bissessar said that her administration is fully committed to making Trinidad and Tobago an easier and more open place in which to conduct business.

"In this regard, we plan to launch our single economic window (SEW) for business and trade facilitation at the beginning of January 2011,” she said.

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