ON two separate issues the Prime Ministers of Barbados (David Thompson) and Trinidad and Tobago (Patrick Manning) are adopting public postures that could result in more misunderstandings than harmony within Caricom.
Thompson, evidently angered by region-wide criticisms to the reported crackdowns against "illegal" immigrants. Basically, he has told them to stay out of Barbadian domestic affairs as they relate to a "domestic immigration policy".
A week from today, Thompson is scheduled to meet with his Caricom counterparts at a special caucus in Guyana to discuss pressing and sensitive matters. High on the agenda will be challenges arising from the commitment to facilitate intra-regional free trade and free movement of Caricom nationals.
Wednesday, June 24th, 2009