CSME finalisation is not an overnight task – official


The people of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are being told to be patient with respect to full realization and implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).

“It’s not an overnight task,” says Dominican Irwin Larocque, Assistant Secretary-General of Trade and Economic Integration at the CARICOM Secretariat.

While CARICOM heads of government have identified 2015 as the target for finalizing the strategic framework to achieve full effect of the CSME, authorities have often been accused of feet-dragging over the initiative’s full implementation; however Larocque told state-owned DBS radio that creating the CSME is “a process”.

“It involves at the very basic level the coordination of certain policy frameworks that one would one to take in terms of when you are constructing the Single Market and Economy. It involves looking at your laws in the various countries; it involves looking at your administrative practices,” he said.

Larocque says the Single Market element of the CSME is in effect allowing for the trade of goods and services as well as the free movement of skilled nationals throughout the region.

“Since 2006, we launched the Single Market, by all accounts its operating properly,” he added.

Meanwhile Dominica has nominated Larocque to fill the position of the Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) after Edwin Carrington decided to leave the job after 18 years.

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    January 5, 2011

    I worked under Mr. Larocque for many years and let me reassure all readers that this man is more than worthy of this job. It is not often you find such a dedicated worker as himself. Not only is he dedicated but also honest and outspoken. i ask that all dominicans pray for him that he may be chosen and suceed in his efforts to take dominica foward. We need a few more people like you in our little country. God bless

  2. M. Ferreira-LaRocque
    January 5, 2011

    Congratulations on the nomination, I know this intelligent man is capable of doing a very good job. Hard working as he is I think we as Dominicans especially the Dominican government should support him as he continues to undertake the tasks that are posed at him. @ Patriot I agree with you 100%.

  3. patriot
    January 5, 2011

    Mr Skerrit and the rest of the heads of states especially in the OECS he is a very competent man and he has shown his unending capacity in different jobs that he has taken up.

  4. denise
    January 5, 2011

    PM let’s get behind this man

  5. Arlinton
    January 5, 2011

    congratulations on the normination

  6. roosevelt astaphans
    January 5, 2011

    I worked under Mr Larocque for many years.he is a very hard worker and I wish him the best of luck.I believe he is the man for the job and Dominicans should support his efforts.

  7. Dominican at Heart
    January 5, 2011

    Congratulation even at the nominiation! We know you can perform, you have proved it at several capacities. We need to liaise with the other OECS states and have them support Mr. Larocque as the OECS representative as well. Come on people, we do not have to wait on the Govt alone to do that for us. We need to learn to push forward our own, as long as they have the potential and he sure does. I will support you 100% and will ensure that as much of my collegues in the region are knowledgeble on your work so they can also throw their support at this. You have made us proud! Dominicans in the region start working and ensure that the entire Caribbean buy in on this one. Good Luck my people.

  8. DA to D Bone
    January 5, 2011

    Sir, your country supports you and this new initiative, Dominica is proud of you.

  9. Kay
    January 4, 2011

    I worked under Mr. Larocque and I would like to wish him the very best of luck on his nomination (and hopeful selection) for the Sec Gen position of CARICOM. You have made us proud!

  10. Wait
    January 4, 2011

    Is this man an INDEPENDENT THINKER?………..I hope he is not another Donald Peters. This days we have enough evidence before our eyes and ears to question people’s educational abilities. Right THINKING DOMINICANS watch OUT///////////////////// :roll:

  11. bunny
    January 4, 2011

    why you em,barassing your copusin like that?

    • Hey just giving my two cents
      January 4, 2011

      In what way did I embarass him?

  12. Hey just giving my two cents
    January 4, 2011

    I declare and decree that cuz E Larocque will get this job in Jesus Name if it is the Father’s will. Dominica we will soar in 2011. Yes Dominica will be in the forefront in utilising our HR in finalising the strategic framework to achieve full efects by 2015.

    Cuz you can do it and just remember to put the Father first in all you do. Seek his face and let him give you godly wisdom and understanding to take the best decision which should be wholly acceptable to him all for his glory and honour.

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