A Vote to Fulfill Antigua and Barbuda’s National Destiny

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Submitted by Caricom Ambassador DAVID COMISSIONG, Citizen of the Caribbean

WHEN  THE  CITIZENS of Antigua and Barbuda go to the polls on 6th November 2018 to vote in a referendum to determine whether they will permit their nation to remain under the judicial jurisdiction of the British Privy Council or whether they will embrace a judicial jurisdiction that is exclusively Antiguan/Barbudan and Caribbean, I hope that they make a choice that takes both Antigua and Barbuda and the Caribbean Community in the direction of fulfilling their historical journeys towards the goals of full national sovereignty and civilizational independence. 

This is my fervent hope – and it is a hope based on an understanding of just how long and deeply rooted those journeys to national sovereignty and civilizational independence are, and how much blood, sweat, tears, struggle and hope have been invested in those journeys!

You see, if we are to fully appreciate the rootedness and sacredness of the Antiguan and Barbudan struggle for national sovereignty, we have to go way back to the middle of the 17th Century and to the heroic efforts of our enslaved African ancestors to escape the jurisdiction of the British slave plantations of Antigua and to establish free maroon-type communities in the primeval woods of the Shekerley range with its imposing Boggy Peak. 

We would also need to recall that so determined were the British slave masters to reassert their plantocratic jurisdiction that most of those early Antiguan freedom fighters were brutally hunted down and executed!  But, tellingly, this did not deter those heroic Antiguan ancestors from joining a growing tide of regional slave rebellions and developing even more advanced aspirations for the achievement of a free independent and sovereign black nation. 

In fact, the year of destiny for Antigua was 1736!  By that time, fellow enslaved Africans in such neighbouring British colonies as Barbados, St. Kitts and Jamaica had already demonstrated through slave plots, rebellions and maroon resistance that they intended to achieve black freedom and sovereignty.  Furthermore, in the Danish colony of St. John – a mere 200 miles from Antigua – fellow enslaved Africans had risen up in 1733 and taken control of the entire island.

It was against this background that, in October of 1736, the British plantocracy of Antigua discovered – to their great consternation – that the leaders of the enslaved African people of Antigua had developed a master-plan to destroy the system of slavery; to take control of the island; and to establish an independent sovereign Asante-type kingdom.  This, of course, was the famous King Court rebellion of 1736.

Tragically, the revolutionary plan was discovered by the British plantocratic authorities; the rebellion was crushed; and such heroes of Antigua and Barbuda as King Court (Tacky), Tomboy, Scipio, Hercules, Ned, Fortune and Secundi were brutally executed and made into national martyrs.

However, it is one thing to kill revolutionary leaders, but it is another thing altogether to kill revolutionary ideas of freedom, nationhood and sovereignty. 

Needless to say, those aspirations towards freedom and nationhood remained very much alive among the black people of Antigua, Barbuda, Barbados, Jamaica, St. Kitts and all the other European colonies of the Caribbean, and, some two hundred years later – in the year 1945 – coalesced in the demands of Vere Bird and the other leaders of the Caribbean Labour Congress (CLC) for the transformation of the socially and racially oppressive West Indian colonies of the day into democratic, socially and economically just self-governing nations within the over-arching structure of a West Indian Federation. 

Without a doubt, the most potent formulation of these historic demands took place at the founding conference of the CLC in Barbados between the 17th and 27th of September 1945.  Antigua was represented not only by Vere Bird, but also by Harold T. Wilson and J. Oliver Davis.  Also in attendance were such political giants as Richard Hart (Jamaica), George McIntosh (St. Vincent), Grantley Adams, Hugh Springer and Frank  Walcott (Barbados), T. A. Marryshow (Grenada), Hurbert Crichlow and A. A. Thorne (Guyana), Albert Gomes (Trinidad and Tobago) and W. J. Lesperan (Suriname).

And when these historic demands were ultimately betrayed and subverted– largely through the combined duplicity of the British Colonial Office and the folly of Alexander Bustamante — culminating in the 1962 collapse of the West Indian Federation, it was the veteran leader, Vere Bird, who joined forces with the younger Errol Barrow of Barbados and Forbes Burnham of Guyana to retrieve the vision and re-engineer our people’s historic journey to full nationhood and sovereignty with the signing of the Caribbean Free Trade Association Agreement (CARIFTA) at Dickenson Bay, Antigua, on 15th December 1965.

CARIFTA was formally launched on 1st May 1968 – making this year of 2018 the 50th anniversary year of CARIFTA – and by 1973 had evolved into the more comprehensive and substantial Caribbean Community (CARICOM). 

And it is CARICOM which – through functional co-operation – has supported and maintained such critical edifices of our national sovereignty and civilizational independence as the University of the West Indies and the Caribbean Development Bank, and that has established the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).

Of the three visionary architect nations of CARIFTA, two have removed themselves from the judicial jurisdiction of the British Privy Council and have established the CCJ as their highest and final appellate court – Barbados and Guyana.  But what of Antigua? How will Antigua decide? 

Perhaps this 50th anniversary year of the effective launching of CARIFTA is symbolically and spititually the right time for the people of Antigua and Barbuda to – in this most tangible and meaningful of ways – reiterate their commitment to the completion of our people’s historic journey towards full national sovereignty and Caribbean civilizational independence.

I humbly ask the people of Antigua and Barbuda to reflect deeply on the sacrifices made by the King Courts and Tomboys of sacred memory, and on the outstanding lessons of self-respect and self-determination taught to us all by such outstanding Antiguan and Barbudan sons and daughters of our Caribbean Civilization as George Weston, Vere Bird, Tim Hector, Sir Vivian Richards, Jamaica Kincaid, Sir Andy Roberts, King Shortshirt, Paget Henry and so many others before casting their vote on the 6th of November.

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  • Comrade Commissioner,
    Dear Friend of Maduro!

    Plantocrats, oppressive regime? Do you talk about the 18th or the 21st century?
    Free independent and sovereign black nation? Do you talk about a vision or drug inebriation?

    Just look what happened to Barbados through decades of crime, corruption and mismanagement. The clueless, but “educated” Barbadian masses are less free in 2018 than EVER before. And the decline has just started … The future of this country is now in the hands of technocrats called international commercial creditors and IMF.

    Thank you very much Barrow for your idea that a tiny island in the Atlantic Ocean can reach the level of economic self-sustainability! It cannot and will never.

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  • @Tron
    Your note was on point.

    Fifty years later we see that given the level of corruption exhibited by our politicians, it may be best to keep ‘strong ties with the UK. “National sovereignty and civilizational independence”, appears to be a leap into the great unknown or a descent or a jump to the death.

    High sounding words that are not matched with high ideals or strong patriotism are nothing more than the song of sirens.

    Learn from history.

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  • HISTORIC OUTCOMES OF THE 39th CARICOM HEADS OF GOVERNMENT SUMMIT

    Extra rights, worker categories opened up in CSME

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    Article by
    Emmanuel Joseph

    Published on
    August 22, 2018

    Teachers, artisans, domestic workers are to be formally included among ten categories of certified skilled nationals allowed to be able to work and live indefinitely in all but one of the 15 member countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) by year-end.

    And in a related development, CARICOM skilled nationals in seven states – Barbados, Grenada, Jamaica, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Haiti and Suriname – will be able to relocate with their spouses, young children and dependent parents.

    As signatories to the Protocol on Contingent Rights, a certified skill national worker can receive social benefits afforded the citizens in the host countries.

    These historic decisions reached at the July 4 – 6 CARICOM Heads of Government Conference in Jamaica were announced this morning by Ambassador-designate to the region and the Association of Caribbean States David Comissiong during his first news briefing on regional developments within the integration movement.

    While the leaders agreed on a long list of issues, at least four critical decisions made will go a long way towards consolidating and cementing the rights of Caribbean people, Comissiong told reporters at the foreign ministry’s headquarters on Culloden Road.

    He was updating the media on progress towards the free movement of CARICOM people across the region for the purpose of business or professional interests and jobs – a key plank of the CARICOM Single Market (CSME).

    The CARICOM Skilled Nationals Programme takes pride of place among the four decisions to facilitate all of the ten categories of skilled nationals who now possess the right to seek employment in any country of the Caribbean Community with the exception of the Bahamas, which is not a member of the CSME.

    These ten categories of skilled workers are: artisans who possess Caribbean Vocational Qualifications (CVQs), household domestics who possess Caribbean Vocational Qualifications, persons with Associate Degrees or with at least 2 CAPE or A level certificates, nurses, teachers, artistes, musicians, sportspersons, media workers and university graduates.

    Of the 240 Articles in the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, none is more important than the one which commits member states to achieving the goal of free movement of their nationals within the community, the CARICOM Ambassador-designate said.

    “The Conference of Heads of Government unanimously and ‘strongly’ urged all member states to enact the necessary national laws to give full effect to all ten categories of skilled nationals on or before 31 December, 2018,” he added.

    When these categories of skilled workers are able to live and work freely they will augment the freedom of movement regime that already exists for CARICOM nationals who are self-employed service-providers and for business enterprise outside of their home country, Comissiong told journalists.

    Identifying the Protocol on Contingent Rights – which became effective August 1 – as another critical decision for freedom of movement, he noted that these rights are to be extended to all Caribbean nationals contingent on their existing rights under the Skilled Nationals Programme and the Rights of Establishment – the right to set up a business in a Caricom state – and Provision of Services Regime.

    “Thus, the Protocol on Contingent Rights grants to a spouse [of a skilled national seeking work] not only the right to unrestricted travel to and from the new host country, but also the right to live and work in the host country without the need for any work permit,” he explained.

    Dependent children have also been granted rights to live in the host country and to access primary education therein on the same terms as citizens of the host country, the Ambassador-designate disclosed.

    Comissiong explained that professionals such as teachers, musicians and media workers only need to obtain a certificate of accreditation from the Barbados Accreditation Council as proof of their skill for presentation to the authorities in the host state.

    He also highlighted a third decision in which the Heads adopted a standard redress procedure to be applied throughout the Community when CARICOM nationals who are refused entry in any member state.

    “The importance of this decision is that all CARICOM nationals now have the protection of an official, established procedure which mandates that they must be fully informed of all of their rights by a senior immigration officer; they must be given written reasons for the refusal; and they must be permitted to contact a family member, consular officer and attorney at law if so desire,” he said.

    Comissiong, who had accompanied Prime Minister Mia Mottley at the July CARICOM summit in Jamaica, said nationals who are refused entry must also be afforded the right of an administrative review of the decision by the Chief Immigration Officer – while they are still in the country – and in the event they are returned home, must be accorded the right to bring judicial review proceedings in court.

    He pointed out that the complainant must be allowed back into the country which refused them only for the purpose of the judicial review and if, due to financial reasons, they are unable to make the trip, they must be facilitated via video conferencing.

    The bulk of these procedures will take place at the airport almost immediately, Comissiong told reporters.

    “Where we need to attach timelines is in relation to the administrative review. But bear in mind that the other things happen immediately at the airport. If the immigration officer decides to refuse you entry, then the senior officer on duty at the airport needs to inform of all of your rights, put the specific reasons for your refusal in writing, and needs to immediately give you access to [a] telephone, family member, consular officer, attorney at law,” Comissiong explained.

    However, he said the details of how the administrative review would work particularly in terms of timing, now have to be “fleshed out” by the various Governments as a matter of urgency.

    Comissiong pointed out that the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas states that a CARICOM national can only be refused entry to another’s country on the grounds of having insufficient funds to maintain themselves and could become a burden on the state, or if they posed a serious threat to public safety.

    The fourth decision which he placed on the table was that all Haitians should now enjoy the full rights of the other CARICOM members including not requiring visas to entry Caribbean countries. (EJ)

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  • @David
    This is groundbreaking and significant. Unfortunately most of the public do not zero in on these developments until all “dem people” start showing up on “our” doorstep.

    Just observing

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  • @Observing

    Cannot agree more. It speaks to the morass, abyss, chasm of going no where fast as a region.

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  • This is visionary and noble. I hope they can match these words with real action.

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  • @David August 24, 2018 6:32 PM

    Just the latest scheme for transferring the RIF REF from socialistic jurisdictions of low wealth to socialistic jurisdications of more wealth. Eventually everyone will be reduced to Haiti’s standards. Commy DAVID COMISSIONG ultimate goal.

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  • This has nothing to do with Commie BS. People have a right to be regionalist, we may disagree.

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  • Wily & Others

    The shit will hit the barbadian fan very soon.

    Reality has not set in as yet.That is why it is said – ‘Be careful what you ask for’.

    The people asked for Mia and now they have her and all she represents.

    Barbados to the delight of many of our CARICOM neighbours will be reduced to their standard of living and then they will be able to crow:Oh how the mighty has fallen.

    B’dos is facing economic disaster and these people ( so -called leaders of this country ) who think they are ‘little gods’ are making these decisions at this time.

    Lord help us all !

    Bahamas was very smart when they opted out of the main tenets of the CSME.

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  • The decline of Barbados to the bottom bottom did not start on the 24 May 2018.

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  • Good job Comissiong just keep rolling out your communist agenda under the laws and guidlines of democracy
    Just a couple questions how many more people can barbados afforded to support on welfare programs
    Where are the jobs coming from for these people
    Ok.i hear you they are self sufficient
    I know Haitians like lots of farm work maybe a possible reason for giving them easy entry but bro do not expect them to work for nothing

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  • David how silly can you be to be talking such trash .Worst of all it does not even make sense steupse
    The decline of Barbados started when govts use a policy of cup in hand and never made an effort to have and educated system to change with a new era of globalisation
    Just take a look around the world and see barbados are many.years removed in adapting and adopting an educational system which can send out their students with a better knoweldge and understanding of technology

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  • The man has written about the importance of Antigua joining the CCJ you idiot.

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  • This is truly sad, verbose drivel from a commy parasite.
    What has Commissiong EVER done of practical value? Zip, nada, zero, nothing. He is a state supported rabble-rousing leech.

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  • David do not care what u think of me idiot

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  • Mariposa – that is a truly illiterate yardfowl post. Care to try it again in English…or even Bajan?

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  • Perhaps the time has now come to implement CSME indeed.
    CSME has always been a scheme designed to take the collective Caribbean DOWN to the lowest common denominator.
    But whereas this was a real threat to Barbados 15 years ago when Arthur actively started dismantling this place, it is probably now an opportunity – after the DLP’s picking of our skeletal bones – and now the new BLP’s clear hopelessness in getting some flesh back on the frame.

    So now it provides an opportunity for Bajan girls – best known now for ‘wuking up bad and pooching back’ – to get some work in Jamaican and Antiguan clubs, …and for the highly educated men to find some opportunities – perhaps killing snakes in the oilfields of Guyana.

    If we are incapable of leading meaningful positive change, then perhaps out best bet is in joining up with the other losers. That way we do not have to think for ourselves.

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  • Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right

    As usual I can count on Commissiong to talk bare foolishness as he sings for his supper.

    CARICOM & the organs of CARICOM as it is presently constituted with inept politicians and insular functionaries IS DEAD

    Add to that the humongous issue of “entrenched corruption”, in ALL OF THE TERRITORIES OF THE ARCHIPELAGO, and it would behoove Antigua & Barbuda to forego joining this CCJ and stay with civilized white people dem who at lease observe the law, IN PART.

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  • Another matter of interest out of Antigua for those that have an aversion to navel gazing.

    PM dismisses Financial Times CIP ranking
    August 24, 2018 OBSERVER Media The Big Stories 16 Comments


    Prime Minister of Antigua & Barbuda Gaston Browne (courtesy ABLP)

    Prime Minister Gaston Browne has declared as inconsequential the ranking of Antigua and Barbuda as having the fourth best Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) in the world by a Financial Times publication, Professional Wealth Management (PWM).

    “It doesn’t matter, we are still number one. In the next ranking three or four months from now we can be number one. Nothing turns on that,” he declared in an interview with OBSERVER media, yesterday.
    The prime minister’s reaction came a day after the report was published, indicating that Antigua and Barbuda has again ranked fourth for the second consecutive year.

    Last year, Antigua gained 78 percent and went up by two percent in this year’s assessment.
    Antigua and Barbuda also earned top scores for ease of processing, and due diligence last year.

    In keeping with 2017, the CBI Index for 2018 also found Antigua and Barbuda leading as the region’s top scorer with regards to freedom of movement, which is one of the key seven pillars of the assessment.
    This is a notable improvement for the Antiguan programme since that particular pillar was dominated by European countries last year.

    The report also made mention of the Antigua and Barbuda’s CIP being in the news recently after information surfaced that Indian diamantaire Mehul Choski had been accused of being involved in a US $2 billion Punjab National Bank fraud. Choski obtained Antiguan and Barbudan citizenship and a passport after investing in the country’s CIP.

    Thirteen CBI programmes globally are ranked according to seven indicators and these indicators include, due diligence, freedom of movement, standard of living, minimum investment outlay, ease of processing, citizenship timeline, and mandatory travel or residence.

    According to the report, Dominca’s CBI programme got perfect scores in five of the seven areas. When the first CBI Index by PWM was done in 2017, Dominica was declared the world’s best economic citizenship territory.
    Notwithstanding last year’s destructive hurricane season, the small Caribbean country remains at the head of the pack because it upheld high standards of timeliness and ease in process, a reasonable investment threshold, and a vigorous due diligence agenda.

    The CBI Index also explicitly makes mention of Dominica’s latest plastic and Styrofoam ban initiatives that resulted in extensive universal praises, stating that this demonstrated the country’s accountability side as a member of the global community.

    Dominica is also said to utilise its CBI funds best. The report mentioned that Dominica uses its CBI earnings to advance the lives of its citizens and just last week the country announced construction of 5,000 new homes, financed entirely by its CBI programme.

    Caribbean countries dominated the top five spots with Dominica at number one, followed by St. Kitts and Nevis, then Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda, and St. Lucia.

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  • This is where this region leads the world….

    “Citizenship by Investment”, AKA birthright sales, AKA National prostitution.
    This is what someone resorts to when it becomes necessary to admit to being incompetent, unproductive and hopeless.

    No brain, no vision, no creativity, no innovative spirit – so let’s sell off the INHERITED assets to some strangers and hope that they will treat us well …and we can at least eat…

    Boss…
    When a people reach such a stage in life, …..death is a favour.

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  • @Bush Tea

    What is wrong with a people trying to fetch the highest economic value for its birthright?

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  • “Teachers, artisans, domestic workers are to be formally included among ten categories of certified skilled nationals allowed to be able to work and live indefinitely in all but one of the 15 member countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) by year-end.”

    “Dependent children have also been granted rights to live in the host country and to access primary education therein on the same terms as citizens of the host country, the Ambassador-designate disclosed.”
    ++++++++++++++++

    Caribbean heads of governments should not be allowed to make these types of decisions without consulting their respective citizens.

    Interestingly, we are developing a situation in Barbados where other Caribbean nationals can come into Barbados and demand their right to seek employment to the detriment of Barbadians………

    ………….while the hotels and other businesses continue to advertise vacancies and subsequently claim they did not receive suitable applications and apply for a work permit to recruit non nationals.

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  • Is it now the policy of the BLP government that diplomats comment on the internal politics and general elections of fellow CARICOM states. Does this infringe the Geneva Convention or the appropriate CARICOM treaty?

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  • I humbly ask the people of Antigua and Barbuda to reflect deeply on the sacrifices made by the King Courts and Tomboys of sacred memory, and on the outstanding lessons of self-respect and self-determination taught to us all by such outstanding Antiguan and Barbudan sons and daughters of our Caribbean Civilization as George Weston, Vere Bird, Tim Hector, Sir Vivian Richards, Jamaica Kincaid, Sir Andy Roberts, King Shortshirt, Paget Henry and so many others before casting their vote on the 6th of November(Quote)

    May I suggest that in a disciplined democracy this is a sacking offence, a professional diplomat canvassing in another jurisdiction’s general election? This is a question for the prime minister – wee do not even have an opposition to raise the issue in parliament. Where are our media?

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  • “May I suggest that in a disciplined democracy this is a sacking offence, a professional diplomat canvassing in another jurisdiction’s general election? This is a question for the prime minister – wee do not even have an opposition to raise the issue in parliament. Where are our media?”

    Perhaps the author of the above comment may want to explain to us lesser mortals how Comissiong’s comments relative to Antigua and Barbuda voting in a referendum to determine whether they prefer their nation to remain under the judicial jurisdiction of the British Privy Council or whether they will embrace the Caribbean Court of Justice……..

    ……..can be interpreted as him “canvassing in another jurisdiction’s general election or contravening the Geneva Convention.

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  • @ David
    Bushie….What is wrong with a people trying to fetch the highest economic value for its birthright?
    ++++++++++++
    EVERYTHING.

    It is the very antithesis of being human …to have to resort to selling your very own ass for a bowl of soup….
    The whole point of life is the continued pursuit of perfection (Godliness), and this is achieved by BUILDING on the work and the progress of past generations.

    When you get parro-like leaders who seek to get their greedy, albino-centric hands on material wealth – AT THE EXPENSE OF THE ACCUMULATED WORK OF PAST GENERATIONS, and who therefore REGRESS social development rather than build on past achievements….

    …THIS is the lowest of the low.

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  • David Comissiong

    It might be useful to note that the oil and gas deposits that have been discovered in Guyana are so massive that it is anticipated that when Exxon Mobil, Hess Oil, and the Chinese energy corporation that are developing the new petroleum industry in Guyana move into top gear in another 16 months or so, that the Guyanese economy is expected to grow by 20 to 25 percent in the first year alone. Thus, there are likely to be openings for all sorts of Barbadian professionals and service providers in Guyana in the very near future.

    I fervently believe that the country with the most to gain from the CSME is our own Barbados.

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  • This is not an argument for an appointed public servant. This is a political decision. As it is, I am all for a united Caribbean, and no just the English-speaking nations, but there is a process that must be gone through. The entire nation must be part of this discussion.

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  • @David Comissiong

    “I fervently believe that the country with the most to gain from the CSME is our own Barbados.”

    Interesting…please elaborate

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  • David C.,

    Your basic assumption is right that Barbadians COULD profit from freedom of services.

    However: As you know, the Guyanese craftsmanship on wood and stone is far better than the Barbadian standard. Guyanese people are also used to work by far longer and harder than any Barbadians. Only the toughest, very hard-working Barbadians will survive in Guyana.

    So what is your solution to make Barbadian workmen more competitive? It will take more than the bible and some commission or council to do that.

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  • Pleas enlighten the blog how a devout regionalist writing his wish that citizens of a Caricom country join the regional Caribbean Court of Justice interfering? As Ambassador for Caricom affairs should this not be his remit?

    The blogmaster added Ambassador as a sign of respect.

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  • Tron,
    a lot of Black Guyanese are of bajan stock. just check the names. they migrated to guyana in i believe 2 waves during the colonial period. Bajans are hard workers too and stop your stupid talk about guyanese more skilled than bajans in stone masonary. they maybe in working with wood and certain types of lumber but not in masonary at least not at a general level. do you know the amount of shoddy work produced by so called guyanese skilled masons. man please go away.

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  • Oh David. Plse. As an appointed public servant you give up certain freedoms, ie expressing your private views in public. Mr Commissiong should talk to the permanent secretary in the ministry or to his boss, Senator Walcott. The issue is not if the view are right or wrong, that is peripheral. Don’t we properly brief political appointees?

    @James Greene,
    You are absolutely right. Historically African Barbadians and African Guyanese have always have a close bond.

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  • The CARICOM Committee of Ambassadors
    Heads of Government established the CARICOM Committee of Ambassadors (CCA) as a Body of the Community. The CCA is headed by a Chair who is also the Chair of the Community Council of Ministers, one of two principal organs of the Community.The Secretary-General or his representative is an ex-officio member of the Committee.

    The role of the CCA is to facilitate the implementation of the Community Strategic Plan. Specifically, the Comittee, among other functions –

    provides strategic advice, recommendations and support to the Community Council of Ministers in the discharge of its functions as per Article 13 of the Revised Treaty, towards the advancement of the integration process;

    https://caricom.org/the-caricom-committee-of-ambassadors
    provides strategic advice, recommendations and support to the Community Council of Ministers in advancing the Implementation Plan of the Community Strategic Plan;
    serves as the nexus between national/Member State needs and the regional agenda and, in so doing, work closely with the Organs and Bodies of the Community, the CARICOM Secretariat and the Community Institutions and Associate Institutions to establish and maintain an efficient system of consultations at the national and regional levels;

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  • @ James Greene August 26, 2018 2:25 PM

    As I told before, the black Barbadian elite and their white so-called donors are still by far too arrogant and too blind to concede that they have completely runied the country which the Brits delivered in the 1960s.

    The electrical systems, the tiling and use of marble which I have seen in Barbadian top-notch villas so far is definitly lacking the quality of workmanship in North American and European middle class homes. Get real about the quality of 900 dollars per unit. After 2007 nobody from the North is willing anymore to pay for such overprized housing. The value is simply not good enough. Or look at Port COW. A quite luxurious small landing for canoes with some cramped apartments surrounded by the desert, bushes and dwellings. This is simply not good enough. Outdated and without vision like Apes Hill Plantation. Barbados competes with at least 100 other islands around the globe and all the Barbadian elite offers are water-intensive golf courses. How boring and against all “green” beliefs in the 21st century.

    And last but not least the work ethic. I guess you need a neutron microscope for that when it comes to the construction sector in Bim. As a renowned and big Barbadian contractor once told me: These workmen are very proud people. They feel they are not bound by any contract. They come to the site when they need some money for food or holiday. So I started to hire people for 8 AM when I want them on the site at 10 AM and got my own drilling tools for maintenance.

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  • Barbados should join the OECS. Then the OECS (an Barbados) should apply to be part of the European Union. Then adopt the Euro.

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  • Think outside (waaay outside) the box.
    CASTRIES – Citizens of the nine-member Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will now have easier access to medical facilities in the French islands Martinique and Guadeloupe following the signing of an agreement here.

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/189391/oecs-nationals-benefit-mou-french-islands

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