(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen,
Greater Georgetown, Guyana) While the current global
economic climate does not augur well for growth and
development in the short term, this could be a
blessing in disguise for the Caribbean Community
These sentiments were expressed
by Ambassador Robert Morris during his remarks at
the ceremony for presentation of his credentials to
Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, CARICOM
Secretary-General. The ceremony took place on
Tuesday 31 January, 2012 at the headquarters of the
CARICOM Secretariat, Georgetown, Guyana.
Ambassador Morris said in times
of difficulties, banding together was the greatest
“It is always in a crisis that
families pull together to increase their capacities.
Adversity has its place and could teach us that if
unity can be contemplated and achieved in the worst
of times, we can strive for even more in the best of
times,” he stated.
He cited the Honourable Freundel
Stuart, Prime Minister of Barbados’s inaugural
address at the 32nd Conference of Heads of
Government of the Community, in which he said: “The
Government of Barbados remained unequivocally
committed to the pursuit of Caribbean integration.”
Ambassador Morris said his
personal commitment to the ideals and objectives of
the Caribbean Community was assured.
In the current global
environment, Ambassador Morris said that heavy
reliance on donor resources was not a sustainable
situation and one for which the Caribbean Community
should seek a solution in the short term.
He reminded the ceremony of Prime
Minister Stuart’s emphasis, at the 32nd CARICOM
Summit, on the need to strengthen and resource the
CARICOM Secretariat so that it could become less
reliant on external donors. In this context, he
stated that the Community’s foreign policy
coordination, if used effectively, could serve the
Region well in the long term.
“We all must realise the enormity
of our unity when we choose to employ it fully,”
Ambassador Morris stated.
Within the Community, he said,
many achievements can be pointed to with pride,
singling out functional cooperation. At the same
time, he cautioned that there was still a “long way
to go” before the Region could register the type of
success that will “quell the voices of the naysayers.”
Implementation both nationally
and at the level of the Secretariat will be critical
in this regard, he stated.
Referencing Prime Minister
Stuart’s address in expounding on the critical
importance of implementation within the Community,
he relayed: “The implementation challenges will be
even greater in the next decade, and the governance
structures of our Community are already inadequate
for the task. Finding an effective and sustainable
solution that can command consensus will remain our
most urgent priority.”