The UWI salutes Caricom at 50

On 4 July 1973 at Chaguaramas, the spirit of Dickenson Bay lived on as Errol Barrow, Forbes Burnham, Michael Manley, and Eric Williams signed the Caribbean Community into being. On 4 July 2023, fifty years hence, the “big 4” and those that followed expanding the 4 into 15, whether from the hereafter or still with us, certainly look on with pride at this child which they birthed. Caricom has grown to maturity, with many laudable achievements along the way, and the promise of great tomorrows for the youth of today.

I commend Caricom on the accomplishments of its first 50 years — climate change advocacy, coordination of external trade negotiations, disaster management, education, health cooperation, marine biodiversity advocacy, private sector collaboration — only begin the list of key advancements. The theme, Fifty Years Strong: A Solid Foundation to Build On, is most appropriate. Much has been accomplished and our regional university pays tribute to those who have worked long and hard to see our beloved region attain this significant milestone — Secretaries-General past and our incumbent, Heads of Government and other government officials, heads and staff of all regional institutions, and all the people we serve collectively.


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