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Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Caricom's worrying attitude to the ACP

There are concerns that the 14 independent member countries of Caricom will be missing from the ACP's Seventh Summit of Heads of State and Government, scheduled for December 13-14 in Malabo, the Jamaica Observer notes.
The Caricom head of states were also absent at the sixth ACP Summit in Ghana in 2008 (with the exception of the then Surinamese President Ronald Venetiaan).
Ahead of yesterday's start of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly, Sir Shridath Ramphal commented: "I am absolutely appalled to learn of the negligible response from Caricom to these meetings of the ACP group of nations... The Caribbean has an obligation to be in the forefront of participation in these significant ACP events rather than, as it appears, being in retreat..."
While a number of Caricom governments are faced with serious domestic social, economic, and political problems, none of these are said to be so acute as to deter quite a few of them from demonstrating scant interest to ensure at least reasonable representational involvement in the summit, the Jamaica Observer notes.
The ACP's Seventh Summit of Heads of State and Government will have a work agenda driven by the central theme: "The Future of the ACP Group in a Changing World — Challenges and Opportunities".

Source: Jamaica Observer