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Trade integration in CARICOM is absolutely necessary

Georgetown, Nov 29 (Prensa Latina) Trade integration in the affairs of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is necessary nowadays, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Civil Aviation of Saint Lucia, Alva Baptiste, said in this capital on Tuesday.

Baptiste, who is also the chairman of CARICOM’s Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED), expressed confidence in the region’s ability to overcome challenges within the resource constraints.

Given the region faces major macroeconomic challenges, it must respond head-on within the framework of an integrated world, Baptiste added.

After opening the 55th COTED meeting on Monday, CARICOM Secretary-General Carla Barnett stated that the collective drive to deepen and strengthen integration assumes greater urgency in the light of multiple challenges.

Ministers, representatives of institutions, and other delegates discuss the progress in the implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) as a vehicle to achieve economic resilience.