The new Caricom SG should not be given a basket to carry water

Dear Editor,

I welcome the selection of Irwin LaRocque to be the new Secretary-General of Caricom. I know him to be a person of professionalism, integrity and proven commitment to regionalism. However, Mr LaRocque should not be given a basket to carry water. If Caricom is to be re-energised and if the implementation deficit is to be addressed, Mr LaRocque will need to have the full support of the heads of government for reform of governance to provide legal teeth to the decisions of Caricom organs and to establish an executive authority to oversee implementation.

Yours faithfully,
Norman Girvan
Trinidad & Tobago

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