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Lewis, Patsy
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CARICOM and the OECS: Reflections on the future of the regional integration project
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SALISES 12th Annual Conference
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March 23-25, 2011
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The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel
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Kingston, Jamaica
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Abstract
On the eve of marking the 50 years of the start of the independence project in the region and 38 years after the launch of the regional integration project, CARICOM appears to be running out of steam. The crisis is graphically expressed in the failure to agree on a new Secretary-General and three recent reports detailing challenges in implementing the CSME, the latest reflecting popular pessimism in respect of the overall project. CARICOM’s apparent inertia is magnified when the OECS’s initiative to launch its own Single Economic Union, with a commitment to full movement of people within a six-month time frame, is considered. This paper looks at both processes with a view to presenting some insights into why CARICOM appears to be failing and to sound some warnings in respect of the OECS process which should be considered if it is to succeed.....
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