The President of Guyana David Granger said he wants the elimination of a CARICOM bureaucracy that hinders the holistic integration of Caribbean states.
Mr. Granger said it was not the CARICOM rather the ‘red tape’ that has been holding the region back from a holistic integration.
He alleged against the CARICOM bureaucracy during the CARICOM conference among the Heads of the member states.
President Granger said: “I believe that if we make the right decisions, the entire region can move ahead much more quickly. There is nothing wrong with the institutions that we have established.
“What we need to do is to ensure that there is better implementation of the decisions…There is no fault in the rules; there is a fault in the implementation,” President Granger added.
Mr. Granger lamented that Guyana’s potentials of natural resources in terms of the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME) are being ignored.
President Granger said: “Guyana can provide much to the region as a whole in terms of food security, in terms of agriculture, in terms of the environment, in terms of tourism and in terms of marketing.”
Urging the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME) to adopt a fresh approach, Guyana’s President said: “I believe that the Caribbean has underexploited its resources…The CSME needs to adopt a fresh approach to production, particularly agricultural production, distribution and marketing and if we take that approach some of the problems we complain about will be solved.”
President Granger called on the Caribbean community to share their expertise with Guyana in terms of Guyana’s oil and invest there.
“This is the vision that I have for the Caribbean Community – that all parts of the Caribbean must see this new resource as a part of the Community and they should be willing to share their expertise with us and be willing to invest in it.
“I would like to affirm that the doors of investment, the doors of infrastructure, the doors of information technology and of innovation will be open to our colleagues in the Caribbean,” Granger added.
President Granger said he was looking forward to further warm up the relations between Guyana and Barbados under the country’s newly elected Prime Minister Mia Mottley. He also emphasized on developing Guyana’s ties with Trinidad and Tobago.