US urged to clarify policy towards Caribbean
Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell has
called for clarity regarding the policy of the United States towards the Caribbean. Mitchell issued the call on Thursday as he participated in a World Bank conference – “The Caribbean Dilemma” — examining the socio-economic situation in the Caribbean.
“The reality is that we need to be very clear on the fundamental US policy at this time,” said Mitchell during a panel discussion.
The Grenadian prime minister also said engagement on a regional level with the Donald Trump Administration “is crucial”.
“With no discussion on issues such as deportation, we won’t’ have the level of security in the region that is needed. We need our big brother in the north to come to terms with us. I am praying that we will see this,” he said. Mitchell said the region is taking the initiative to have engagement with the United States.
“But I must admit that the steps we are seeing so far are not looking good.” Meanwhile, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet of St Lucia, who is also attending the conference, said there are mutual benefits towards working closely with the United States.
“None of us are begging, I want to make that very clear. The only region in the world that the US has a trade surplus with is the Caribbean and that’s not going to change. It’s to their mutual benefit. Look at these little dots [in the Caribbean]… Physically, we are actually bigger than Mexico and there is a mutual benefit to all of us to be able to work together and to get them [the US] to work on some policies,” he said.
The conference, titled is part of the Americas Conference schedule hosted by the World Bank in collaboration with the Miami Herald.