A “Mile­stone” Year for CARICOM?

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The Caribbean Jour­nal Staff CARICOM Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Am­bas­sador Ir­win LaRocque says 2014 was a “mile­stone” year for the re­gional group­ing.

LaRocque pointed to the ap­proval in July of the com­mu­nity’s first-ever Five Year Strate­gic Plan, which cov­ers the years 2015-2019.

“The Plan seeks to en­sure that our Com­mu­nity is in a po­si­tion to with­stand the ef­fects of events such as the global eco­nomic and fi­nan­cial crises and pro­vides the way for­ward for pur­su­ing sus­tain­able growth and de­vel­op­ment as a re­gion,” he said. “Growth and de­vel­op­ment are crit­i­cal fac­tors in pro­vid­ing jobs and business op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

LaRocque said 2015 would mark the “con­tin­u­a­tion of a dy­namic pe­riod in our de­ter­mined ef­forts to cre­ate a sus­tain­able, se­cure and vi­able com­mu­nity for all our peo­ples.”

“You will con­tinue to ben­e­fit from our col­lec­tive ef­forts in health as demon­strated by the Caribbean Pub­lic Health Agency (CARPHA). We are also plac­ing em­pha­sis on de­vel­op­ing our hu­man re­sources, par­tic­u­larly our youth, by tak­ing a thor­ough look at our ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem,” he told the re­gion in an end-of-year state­ment. “The ex­cit­ing prospect of a sin­gle CARICOM ICT Space which would lower the cost of tele­phone calls and in­ter­net ac­cess will be pur­sued. Th­ese pos­si­bil­i­ties have only be­come re­al­ity through us work­ing as one, and more can be achieved with your par­tic­i­pa­tion and support.”

CARICOM Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Am­bas­sador

Ir­win LaRocque.

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