ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Antigua & Barbuda’s Trade Co-ordinatorAmbassador Dr Clarence Henry yesterday said he would like to see a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) assigned to the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME) that will be able to address some of the hic-cups accompanied with the implementations of the programme.
“I think that the time is long overdue for the region to announce a person that can be looked at as the CEO of the Caribbean Single Market and the Economy. A person that represents this integration project,” Dr Henry said yesterday.
“It may not be secretary-general, but certainly it must be a person of stature, someone that is credible, a person that connotes the wishes and desires of the people of this region.”
Referencing an incident where a young Jamaican woman accused an Immigration officer of sexual assault when she was denied entry into Barbados, Dr Henry said there should be one person who will explain and deal with any problem that may arise.
“We have to start thinking outside the box to ensure we quell all these issues; we need someone that will clearly, in a more concise manner, address these misconceptions, which really should not happen,” the trade co-ordinator said.
Ambassador Henry said an individual who commands the respect of the region and can stand and speak to the desire and vision of where this project should go. He used former Jamaican prime minister P J Patterson, as an example of the type of individual who would be suited for the job.