Security & Strategic Review - August 2023

REGION: A daunting agenda for Caricom at 50

The Caribbean Community (Caricom) celebrated its 50th anniversary at a gathering of heads of government in Trinidad & Tobago from 3-5 July. It is a landmark that is considerably better than anything achieved by its predecessor, the West Indies Federation, which lasted only four years from 1958-1962. The chairman of Caricom, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica, lamented in his opening remarks to the gathering that “too many of our citizens are sceptical and some downright dismissive of the value and benefit of Caricom”, but the overall tone of the celebration was one of the increasing importance of the grouping in the face of daunting challenges. This was helped by the presence in Trinidad of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken for a meeting on 5 July with Caricom leaders.

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