(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown,
Guyana) The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) must
continue to support Haiti and allow sufficient time
for that Member State to continue its efforts to
participate fully in the CARICOM Single Market and
Economy, H.E. Lolita Applewhaite, Deputy
Secretary-General, CARICOM said Monday.
Delivering remarks at the opening of the
Twenty-Ninth Meeting of the Council for Trade and
Economic Development (COTED), the Deputy
Secretary-General Ambassador Applewhaite also led
the Meeting in observing a minute’s silence in
memory of the “many persons- Haitian, other
Caribbean nationals and non-Caribbean nationals –
who died in the earthquake.”
Haiti was set to begin participating in the Trade
in Goods regime of the Community this year, but
given the devastation wrought by the earthquake,
this is no longer possible.
“As a Community we must continue to support Haiti
and allow that country sufficient time to once again
continue its efforts to participate fully in the
CSME as a key factor in its development. We are
appreciative of the expressions of support and
goodwill, within the Region and outside of it, that
we have been receiving on Haiti’s behalf,” she said.
Over the weekend, H.E. Carrington,
Secretary-General, CARICOM, was part of a team
headed by the Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister
of Dominica and Chairman of CARICOM, to Haiti.
In Photo: Delegates at the 29th Meeting of COTED
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