March 1, 2006
Caribbean islanders may well remember 2006 as the year of the CSME an acronym for Caribbean Single Market and Economy. The region's answer to the European Union and South America's Mercosur, the CSME will ultimately integrate the finances and economies of 12 signatory countries by allowing labor and goods to move freely from one to another, and by establishing a pan-regional monetary authority for the first time in Caribbean history.
Six nations Barbados, Belize, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname and Trinidad & Tobago became the first full members of CSME on January 1. The agreement is an "important psychological and political step for this region," says Edwin Carrington, secre
The economic prospects for much of the Caribbean are better than they have been in years. Hopefully political issues won't derail progress.