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Monday, 07 December 2015

Is Caricom still a collective bargaining unit for the region?

The Caribbean Community (Caricom) is intended to serve three purposes — economic integration, collective bargaining with the outside world, and regional co-operation. As an economic integration process, Caricom has come almost to a full stop. Whether the present condition is terminal or just a temporary pause while being on life support, not enough people seem to care. What is not in dispute, however, is that Caricom still has value as a mechanism for unifying its members for collective action. This is necessary because our countries are all small, developing states that individually can exert little or no influence on external events or on more powerful countries and in international organisations. By combining, we increase the possibility of having some influence on the outside world. Caricom has used its collective bargaining with some successes and some failures, but at least the principle and the process of a united front remained intact.

Source: Jamaica Observer