CARIBBEAN 360 – With no consensus reached on its nominee for the post of secretary-general of the Commonwealth, CARICOM has decided to refer the matter to its bureau.
The body, which is headed by CARICOM Chairman Freundel Stuart of Barbados, has been charged with making its own recommendation.
The selection of a nominee was on the agenda of the three-day CARICOM Heads of Government meeting in Barbados, but the leaders never got around to it due to extensive discussion on the maritime dispute between Guyana and Venezuela.
At a press conference held following the meeting, Stuart said it was important to resolve the matter as quickly as possible to avoid the appearance that the region is “hesitating and fumbling”.
The Caribbean last selected Guyana-born Shridath Ramphal for the post which he held from 1975 to 1990.
“Now if the last time the Caribbean’s turn came around was in the 1970s, what we’re being called upon to do is to make a decision that will have implications for the next 40 years. Therefore, that decision cannot be made lightly but at the same time we have to recognise that even as we speak time is passing by. Therefore, we have to accord some urgency to it,” Stuart told the media.
CARICOM member states have been considering Guyana-born, Antigua and Barbuda citizen Sir Ronald Sanders; Dominica-born former Attorney General of Britain Baroness Scotland; and Trinidad and Tobago’s Minister of Planning and Development, Dr Bhoendradatt Tewarie.