Earlier this year one of David Jessop's weekly contributions was entitled "Does the CSME have a future". My contention is that whereas "CSM" is alive and well with potential for significant refinement and growth to benefit of the people, the "E" did not have a chance of emerging any greater than that of a snow ball surviving in hell.
My reasoning is that for the "E" to survive each member state of the Caribbean Community would have to give up a measure of "policy" space to a supranational regional entity in order for this entity to have any meaningful clout as a true representative of all of the member states of the Caribbean Community. I further conclude that this is unlikely to happen in my lifetime or in my children's lifetime.
CARICOM States have demonstrated time and time again throughout the history of the Caribbean Community that they are quite capable of agreeing on several regional issues. Yet, when they return to the reality of their domestic environment they do what is politically expedient in the domestic setting in the interest of their political survival. This may be seen as the cause of "Implementation Deficit Disorder" from a regional perspective, even though it can undoubtedly be justified from a domestic viewpoint.
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January 24, 2011
Posted by Annalee Davis