Prime Minister Freundel Stuart is participating in the Third CARICOM-Mexico Summit where he is hailing the spirit of dialogue and cooperation there as an example for all to emulate at a time of heightened global tensions.
Citing the conflicts in the Ukraine and the Middle East, he told the opening ceremony yesterday: “Those problems give us an opportunity to strengthen our determination to make the Caribbean a zone of peace and to present our region as a model for harmonious relations.”
Stuart said sustained development can only be attained in an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity and contended that was the message that had to emanate from the summit in Mérida, the capital of the Mexican state of Yucatán.
The Prime Minister, who is CARICOM co-chairman, said Mexico’s membership of the G20 provides an important platform for it to promulgate the views of small states such as those in the Caribbean, thus enabling a greater understanding and acceptance of the peculiar circumstances which apply to us.”
He said the 2008 global economic and financial crisis has exacerbated the economic challenges faced by CARICOM member states and that many are struggling under high debt burdens.