August 12, 2010

CRAICOM's tortuous governance path

By Rickey Singh
Story Created: Aug 11, 2010 at 2:02 AM ECT
Story Updated: Aug 11, 2010 at 2:34 AM ECT
AS ARRANGEMENTS are being finalised for next Tuesday's special meeting in Grenada of seven Caribbean Community Heads of Government to discuss the critical matter of governance, the big question remains:
How seriously committed are the leaders of this region's 37-year-old economic integration movement to grappling with the elusive but very vital issue of governance on which they have been doing the ritual political merry-go-round ever since the 1992 "Time for Action'' report by the West Indian Commission?.
After all, a new governance system, relevant to the challenges of our time, have been on and off Caricom leaders work agenda for at least 14 years, dating back to the West Indian Commission's 1992 report and a subsequent report in 2006 from a Technical Working Group (TWG) on "matured regional governance''. A litany of deferred decisions on governance has been the norm.

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