Source: radiojamaica.com - Jamaica
June 4, 2008
Former Barbadian Prime Minister Owen Arthur said greater power must be given to CARICOM institutions to allow them to implement decisions made at the regional level. Mr. Arthur, now an opposition Member of Parliament said the failure of all but two CARICOM countries to identify fully with the Caribbean Court of Justice is a symbol of a continuing colonial attitude.
He was speaking recently in Trinidad and Tobago at the launch of a new forum on policy and leadership.
Freed of the responsibility of holding Prime Ministerial office, Mr. Arthur said the region must not be timid in taking political and economic decisions. He said there is a new world of international trade which requires reciprocity.
Mr. Arthur said the old, one way free trade arrangement has vanished around the bend in the river.