The People’s National Congress Reform extends to the Caribbean Community as a whole and its staff at the Community Secretariat warm congratulations on the occasion of the 36th Anniversary of the Regional Integration Movement. It is appropriate that on this we remember the outstanding services of members of staff of the Community Secretariat, especially some of its exemplary and outstanding Secretaries General.

That the integration movement has survive for more than three (3) decades is testimony to its resilience, its sense of purpose and the determination to fulfil the dreams of the founding fathers and other proponents and builders of the Caribbean civilisation. The PNCR is convinced that this determination and purpose would ensure that the regional experiment in unity continues to be nurtured, with the region emerging as the crucible to forge our Caribbean identity, while creating a vibrant regional market and economy, which is buoyed by a dynamic and cohesive integration spirit that has created the capability to hold our own in global affairs.

The PNCR acknowledges that, within recent times, the integration process has been subject to some testing times. The impact of the global economic and financial crisis has placed new burdens on the integration process. Important components of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) have come under scrutiny and challenge. Trade friction has emerged among important and significant states of the Community. The public relationship of some of the leaders of the Community is brittle. Across the region there seems to be a disquieting questioning of the integration process itself.

However, the PNCR, which has played an important role in promoting and sustaining movement for the unity of the region, and is, therefore, familiar with the evolution of its history, would never lose faith because of these trials.

The integration process has been challenged before, in various ways, but it has survived them and, as a result, is today one of the oldest integration movements in the world. The accumulative wisdom of its leaders, the rich experience gained since its establishment and the fact that the Caribbean people live the integration process, on a daily basis, would ensure it overcomes these temporary difficulties and emerges strengthened and improved by their resolution. Indeed, the occasion presents itself for there to be struck a new spirit of regionalism and cooperation to propel the Region to a higher and more sustainable form of integration. In particular, the region must take seriously the need to improve its governance structures so as to ensure that decisions taken are implemented in a timely fashion.

The Party salutes the integration process and its leaders in a confident mood. The PNCR, therefore, looks forward to the community playing an even greater role in the lives of the citizens of this region.

People’s National Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia,
Georgetown, Guyana
Friday July 3, 2009