The Caribbean Can Benefit From – A Commonwealth


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(MENAFN- Caribbean News Global)

Dear Sir

A Commonwealth is defined as a nation, state and / or other political units, founded on law and united by compact or tacit agreement of the people for the common good.

Thus, the creation of a comprehensive Commonwealth of Caribbean Nations based on their regional and island culture, as a cornerstone of complete Caribbean unity, is viable.

The affirmation is; As long as individual Caribbean island nations compete with each other, and with much larger and more powerful international competing nations, the Caribbean islands will not reach their full political / economic potential. It is only by uniting the Caribbean into one socio-political / economic power that this Commonwealth and its member countries will gain respect and fear of competition from their adversaries in international markets.

The affirmation is such that a fully united Caribbean can and will respond to the aspirations and needs of each of its member states while ensuring a unifying power with political / economic leverage.

A united Caribbean will be stronger in many ways:

  • Greater purchasing power as a group, with a larger united population;
  • Political power and influence (friends and competitors);
  • Influence on the international scene;
  • Unity of purpose, national perspectives and aspirations;
  • Unified financial power; thus pooling a collective financial situation:
  • Unify ambassadors of member states, consulates and ministries of foreign affairs;
  • A united community will ensure the capacity to respond quickly and comprehensively to climate change, through the creation of an internal emergency ministry;
  • Each member must work for a democratic perspective and the practice of democracy;
  • The wealth of each member nation is seen as part of the greater entity. (The petroleum, mining and natural resources sector would be used for the benefit of all member states, as would healthcare, insurance and travel arrangements.)

Now note that some islands will need more care and investment than others, but these investments can create the greatest good for all. International banks and foreign companies prefer to do business with a united conglomerate, a Commonwealth of island nations, rather than separate islands with a sparse population and limited ability to conduct international transactions.

Imagine a grouping of island nations within a larger Commonwealth. A government with a president for example Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, a deputy prime minister of Barbados and ministers from islands as diverse as Trinidad and Tobago, Martinique, Saint Lucia and Bermuda.

This Commonwealth would move towards acquiring new members from other island nations controlled by former colonial powers, extending independence to Martinique, Guadeloupe, the United States and the British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and even Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon (next to Newfoundland).

The Caribbean must be courageously ambitious. The Caribbean needs to creatively aspire to what is really within its reach. The Caribbean, with their island lifestyle / culture, must demand better for their people.

Again, it is only through unity that the Caribbean can become, otherwise it will remain as it was, a political and economic possession or outside powers.

Steven kaszab

Bradford, Ontario

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