On this the 39th Anniversary of the Regional Integration Movement, the People’s National Congress Reform extends warm congratulations to the peoples of the Caribbean Community, the staff of the Community Secretariat and to the Guyanese people, for a happy and meaningful CARICOM Day 2012.

Our Party trusts that, even as we celebrate this occasion, we will all continue to commit ourselves to the strengthening and advancement of our common Caribbean home.

The PNCR recognises that, within recent times, the integration process has been subject to very testing times, including the impact of the global economic and financial crisis, which have resulted in new and additional challenges for the integration process. It is not surprising, therefore, that important components of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) have come under critical scrutiny and challenge. Trade frictions have emerged among important and significant states of the Community. Across the region there seems to be a renewed questioning of the integration process itself.

The PNCR, which has played a pivotal role in promoting and sustaining the movement for the development of a common Caribbean identity and a strong Regional Economy, is familiar with the vicissitudes which have tested the resolve and commitment of the Leaders of the Community. 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 PNCR would never lose faith in the resilience of the community, despite these trials. We reaffirm our commitment to the integration process and our Caribbean leaders, in the confident expectation that all obstacles and challenges will be overcome, so that the Community will be enabled to play an even greater role in the lives of all of the citizens of this our Caribbean Region.

Happy CARICOM Day! Evolution of its history, would never lose faith because of these trials.

People’s National Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia
Georgetown, Guyana
Friday 29th June 2012

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