The Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica, Dr Roosevelt Skerrit, has shared the congratulatory message with the Caribbean Community. It is to be noted that, the message from the Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit came as the institution is observing its 50th anniversary.
Considerably, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, is the incoming chairman of the CARICOM. While extending the message, Prime Minister Dr Roosevelt Skerrit has also pointed towards the history of the establishing of CARICOM. Noting to which, it said that, “Established in 1973 by the Treaty of Sagaramus in Trinidad and Tobago, the CARICOM community aimed to create a shared space for territories to work together towards economic integration and sustainable prosperity. As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, it is important to reflect on our achievements and assess whether we have remained true to the ideals of this institution’s founders.”
While elaborating on the following, PM Skerrit added that, “As the new chairman, I believe it is fitting to do this introspection early on, before we embark on an ambitious agenda in the next six months. In the face of environmental and climate-related challenges, conflict, and economic uncertainty, we must renew our efforts to protect our people’s livelihoods and achieve economic resilience and prosperity.”
“At 50, we must find ways to increase productivity, trade revenues, and create sustainable economies while eliminating trade barriers and facilitating the free movement of skilled citizens across our borders for work. Our region’s 11 million young people are looking to us to play a leading role in crime prevention and the elimination of its harmful effects on citizens and societies. We must also harmonize our regional education systems and set targeted learning outcomes to prepare millennials to thrive in a fast-paced global economy,” says PM Skerrit in the message.
He also assured of focusing on advancing of the free movement of skills, resilience, regional travel, health, and education. Noting to which, he said that, “Through different forums and various mediums, I look forward to engaging regional stakeholders to set goals for the next 50 years. CARICOM has served this region well, and I urge us all to mark this occasion with pride and gratitude and to look ahead with enthusiasm to another 50 years of stability, security, and progress for all.”
Alongside, PM Skerrit extended congratulation to the CARICOM on attaining this milestone, and he also made recognition to those who have made contribution to the success of CARICOM, especially the Secretary General as well as the past and the present.