Original Chaguaramas Treaty

Original Treaty Establishing the Caribbean Community and Common Market signed at Chaguaramas Chaguaramas, 4th July 1973 (This is the Official Text of the Treaty, the Final Act and the Agreement establishing the Common External Tariff) PREAMBLE The Governments of the contracting States, Determined to consolidate and strengthen the bonds which have historically existed among their peoples; Sharing a common determination to fulfil the hopes and aspirations of their peoples for full employment and improved standards of work and living; Conscious that these objectives can most rapidly be attained by the optimum utilisation of available human and natural resources of the […]

The Georgetown Accord

THE GOVERNMENTS OF THE COMMONWEALTH CARIBBEAN COUNTRIES THROUGH THEIR HEADS OF DELEGATIONS TO THE EIGHTH CONFERENCE OF HEADS OF GOVERNMENT OF COMMONWEALTH CARIBBEAN COUNTRIES ASSEMBLED IN GEORGETOWN, GUYANA, FROM 9TH TO 12TH APRIL, 1973 – DETERMINED to consolidate and strengthen the bonds of unity which have historically existed among their peoples; SHARING a common determination to fulfil within the shortest possible time the hopes and aspirations of the people of the Caribbean Territories for industrial and agricultural development, full employment and improved living standards; CONSCIOUS that these goals can most rapidly be attained by the optimum use of available human […]

Belize’s Failure: U.S. Proxy or Corrupt Leadership?

By: Hubert Pipersburgh on September 29, 2011 As a peripheral economy it is difficult for countries such as Belize. The U.S. cast a huge shadow. Few leaders in the region have been able to plot an autonomous course.  The late Michael Manley of Jamaica with his non-aligned movement during the cold war tried, Belize was a member of that group under the Premiership of George Cadle Price. With the exception of Cuba, Grenada under the Late Maurice Bishop and his New Jewel Movement attempted a course that did not rely on the U.S. patronage he was promptly assassinated in cold blood […]

The 'Grexit' Issue and the Problem of Free Trade

By George Friedman The Greek crisis is moving toward a climax. The issue is actually quite simple. The Greek government owes a great deal of money to European institutions and the International Monetary Fund. It has accumulated this debt over time, but it has become increasingly difficult for Greece to meet its payments. If Greece doesn’t meet these payments, the IMF and European institutions have said they will not extend any more loans to Greece. Greece must make a calculation. If it pays the loans on time and receives additional funding, will it be better off than not paying the […]