BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Dec 28, CMC – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries are to participate in an event to educate people on the culture of the region, Barbados’ ambassador to CARICOM, Robert “Bobby” Morris, has said.
Speaking at a news conference to launch the Barbados Youth Leadership Retreat 2012, Morris said that the event scheduled to take place on July 4 next year – CARICOM Day – would involve the different islands coming to Barbados where they would set up booths to talk about their country.
Morris said that some countries have already started planning for the event and he is confident it would provide an avenue for both organisations and individuals to form professional and personal relationships with their neighbouring islands.
“The reality is that almost every CARICOM member state provides a home, or place of work, a place of study, or a place for holidaying and relaxation for members of other Caribbean states. Our families are becoming more mixed as our sons and daughters find their spouses from neighbouring countries.”
He said as a result, every CARICOM island must make an effort to capitalise on these linkages without being led astray by our differences.
“CARICOM is a lived experience and we must not be distracted about the relatively minor areas of disagreements, which are sometimes blown out of proportion.
“We must not be led astray by the idealists who see the glass as half-empty, but we must be able to assume the optic of the realist who sees the glass as half-full and to acknowledge that there is room for both perspectives,” he added.
Morris said that he would be working with the Youth Commissioner to ensure that young people are educated about CARICOM noting that the various regional institutions such as the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (UNIT) which handles issues like managed migration and the sharing of expertise between the islands, is located in Barbados.
CARICOM comprises 15 countries in the English, Dutch and French speaking Caribbean, including Montserrat, which is the only non-independent nation among the grouping.