Antiguan Prime Minister Calls for Caribbean Nations to Band Together to Advance

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, has called on governments in the Caribbean urgently to band together to advance their own causes.

He pointed out that this is necessary, as Caribbean countries are being increasingly marginalised in the global community.

The prime minister was delivering the keynote address at the 33rd annual graduation ceremony of the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI), in Kingston, Jamaica last week.

“We are not permanent members of the United Nations (UN) Security Council…we are denied the ability to represent ourselves on the decision making bodies of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank… we have no place in the Group of 20 – the big powers of the world who create policies that affect us – without even giving us a hearing,” Browne said.

He emphasised that, in order to advance their own agenda, the countries of the region must demonstrate that “we have something to contribute” and possess value that can be added to the worth of global transactions.


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