CARIBBEAN 360 – Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro is advocating the establishment of an economic zone for the Caribbean and Latin American.
He says the economic zone should be part of a production and economic plan aimed at curbing the region’s high import bill.
During a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell in Grenada over the weekend, the Venezuelan leader also suggested the establishment of a commerce and purchase agreement with Caribbean countries.
“I insist that we need to create an economic zone in the region. We need to produce locally,” Maduro said.
“We need to have a production and economic plan. Venezuela, with all its challenges, we are still importing billions. We need to curb this.”
During the talks, Prime Minister Mitchell also lamented his country’s high import bill compared to the high level of food production.
“Look at how much food we produce yet we continue to import millions of dollars. Unless we take major intervention in food security, we will not only develop agriculture but increase the health of our people,” the Grenadian leader said.
President Maduro suggested that the Caribbean and Latin America work out transportation arrangements to facilitate the movement of goods and services.
“We have to establish a commerce and purchase agreement with our Caribbean friends, where we have a production planning of what products we need and what each other can supply. Let us look inward to support each other in production,” he urged.
“Let us also work in transportation arrangement so we can move our goods and services in region.”
Maduro visit to Grenada was one of three stops in the Caribbean last weekend. The others were Suriname, St. Lucia and Antigua.