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CSME is not a dream : ASG Cox - CARICOM Business Newsletter Vol. 2 No 33

Posted in: Press Releases by kendol | 19 August 2019 | 2811

    Assistant Secretery-General CARICOM Secretariat Joseph Cox
    Assistant Secretery-General CARICOM Secretariat Joseph Cox

    From CARICOM Business Newsletter Vol 2 No 33

    The CSME is not a dream. “First of all, for those who say that we’re in a dream, I would urge them to wake up, because guess what, it’s a reality and it’s happening.” That’s the emphatic declaration of CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General for Trade and Economic Integration, Joseph Cox.  In a recent television interview on CNC3 in Trinidad, Cox cited some of the gains that have already been realized by the CSME  including the establishment of the Multilateral Air Services Agreement which liberalizes air transport in the Region,   implementation of the Protocol on Contingent Rights  coupled with a myriad of policy wins in Renewable Energy at the Regional level. The ASG, though buoyed by the   successful roll-out of the registration process for nationals, under the Community Public Procurement Noticeboard in Barbados the day before, admitted that the pace of CSME                  implementation was dissatisfying to all but pointed out that cognizance must be taken of the fact that not all Members States were at the same stages of development and that this would impact the pace of implementation. 

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    CSME stands for CARICOM Single MARKET & Economy.

    The CSME Unit of the CARICOM Secretariat is the implementation office which assists the Member States in fulfilling the requirements of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas.

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