Slow progress of CSME to be addressed

New OECS ambassador Felix Gregoire
New OECS ambassador Felix Gregoire

The slow progress of the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME) is one of the issues that will be addressed by a CARICOM mission to Dominica next week.

Ambassador to CARICOM Felix Gregoire said at a press conference on Thursday morning that “the CSME is progressing slowly and I’m sure that, that will be an issue.”

“The question of free movement will be an issue as well. At the OECS level, the free movement includes everybody once you are a citizen of the OECS you are free to move,” he said. “At this point in time, at the CARICOM level it is for skilled professionals.”

Gregoire explained that in order for an individual to move from one island to the next in search of employment, he/she must first get a skilled certificate and be a university graduate or a top sports personality or someone involved in culture.

The Ambassador also stated that the question of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is also more than likely to be addressed during the two days of consultation.

“The CCJ is a creature of CARICOM  and the fact that few countries are taking advantage of the court of justice may become an issue as well,” he said.

According to Gregoire, the consultation is taking place as a response to directives from the heads of government to make CARICOM more effective.

At present, a reform process is ongoing at CARICOM level which will make the secretariat more efficient and also provide a new strategic plan for CARICOM.

The mission will seek to gain information from the public as to how they expect CARICOM to function.

The National Committee Regional Integration Task Force will also be visiting schools as of October 2.

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  1. Mr Gouty
    September 21, 2013

    Check that when we go to supermarkets in Dominica what do we see, is products from Trinidad, Barbados.Jamaica, Guyana, north and south America, Europe and China and tell me what does Dominica export to these countries apart from money so all of these titles given to so call diplomats is political Technics to maintain the status-quo

  2. Public Officer
    September 20, 2013

    We must never forget that what goes around comes around. The Ambassador is doing his outmost to push the Regional Integration Movement for the benefit of all. I will support him in that noble exercise.

  3. Anonymous
    September 20, 2013

    Time for him to retire , he has to be older than 65.

  4. CIA on the Watch
    September 19, 2013

    The headline suits the personality of this ambassador, he has no fast track record as head of the public service, everything under his watch was slow in coming or nonexistent

  5. o
    September 19, 2013

    This gentleman is an ambassador?lord help Dominica.

  6. KISAA
    September 19, 2013

    i have been hearing about this for years,the truth is there is alot of predujice between the different islands,the ones that have do not want to be flooded by thous who dont have,this is the bottom line,if the Europe union had the same minds as us they would not is time for the caribbean to be part of the developing world and stop been lazy and buring our heads in the sand, the price of progress is can not make omelettes without breaking eggs.

    • HomeAlone
      September 20, 2013

      Great point! So stop complaining when the Haitians come. Free movement not just for Dominicans but all Caribbean people.

  7. looking
    September 19, 2013

    It won’t happen because of 1. The politicians are controlled by influential people in their respective territories. It means that their powers will be taken from them. 2. Suddenly a Prime Ministers powers will be taken away from him/her. He she will be reduced to a junior minister. 3. Some territories think they are better off than others. 4. We still operate in a system that was left to us by the British with very little prospect of change in the near future while the world is changing……

  8. possie
    September 19, 2013

    glad the young people are seeing through those lazy incompetent x public officers..dat man retired long ago..he was never able to negotiate as cab PS but now he in OECS eating tax payers money with a pention an social security gratuity already on the god..arent men like dat tired?

  9. Anonymous
    September 19, 2013

    this really does not make sense. is either we want free movement or not. all these pre-requiste is non sense. if I want to study in that country?

  10. DC
    September 19, 2013

    We have a very long way go. The Caribbean is still very much divided. Nationals from smaller Islands are still being treated with disrespect at some of the Port of entries of the Greater Antilles. We must demand respect. Stop giving the poor the shorter end of the stick. Our skillful and degreed citizens are good enough for you, however, other citizens can still be subjected to deportation. Unacceptable! These countries with their lack of sympathy for the underprivileged are all guilty for the widening gap between the haves and have nots. Shame! Mr. Gregoire, remember one man can make a difference. We need Caribbean unity urgently!

  11. Anonymous
    September 19, 2013


    If the free movement is a problem amongst CARICOM, why dont the repective governments speed up up the process and make it happen?

    These bureaucrats and politicians are a complete waste of time. The travel to the various islands, hold meetings, eat free food, drink free alcohol, collect their per diems and nothing happens.

    • September 19, 2013

      especially those skerrit labour party people they take the people for granted but out they will go

    • Anonymous
      September 19, 2013

      They have free movement and the tax payer foots the bill.

    • September 19, 2013

      sound like no work and all play. but you are right. the games played on Caribbean ppl.

  12. Anthony P. Ismael
    September 19, 2013

    This is such a waste of time article. I have been hearing of free movment within CARICOM since I was in high school. And that was many years ago.
    We either want to unite and allow our people to move freely within these islands or we do not. It’s that simple.

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