Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders and Cuban President Fidel Castro have made an agreement giving Cuba access to free trade in the region.
The Declaration of Bridgetown, which was signed at the close of the one-day CARICOM-Cuba summit in Barbados aims to strengthen cooperation and build links in the areas of trade, education, health, culture and sports.
The heads also signed a Cultural Cooperation Agreement which allows for greater exploitation of cultural opportunities in Cuba.
President Castro, in Barbados restated a political commitment to strengthening cooperation with Caribbean nations.
During his visit, President Castro also joined other heads of state to pay tribute to the victims of the mid-air sabotage of a Cuban airliner that was bombed off the coast of Barbados in 1976 killing all 73 passengers and crew members.
Meanwhile, Barbados and its Caribbean Community (CARICOM) neighbours are being urged to increase their support for Cuba by undertaking an initiative to break the US embargo on that country.
The call came from local pressure group, the Clement Payne Movement. The group has suggested, in an effort to break the US-imposed isolation of Cuba in the Western Hemisphere, Barbados and others in the region must join hands and refuse to attend any other "Summit of the Americas" unless Cuba is invited. It also called for a boycott of any other meeting of the Organisation of America States (OAS) unless Cuba's US-instigated expulsion is revoked.
The group said CARICOM nations should insist Cuba be included in the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) and be permitted to make an input into the shaping of the free trade pact before any CARICOM countries sign on.
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By Pedro @ BKJaDNcTWPSYms
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
when i am in miami, i find it interesting that cubans living in the states are resentful against their brothers still living in the land they love, where they were born. i find it funny. They speak as if Castro a imprison all of his people.
We as carribbean countries and small countries n islands need to show america we dont need you n can do fine by ourselves.
By optomistic @ canada
Thursday, January 12, 2006
step forward for the region
Yes, the island nations of the Caribbean are too small to surive on their own, they must help each other out, this is what CARICOM appears to be doing. :)
By bless-ed dread @
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
I love the idea and it's about time that Caribbean people understand that we need to help each other. And I'm glad that someone else knows that America trades with China who is communist yet they have an embargo on Cuba. We need to pay more attention to the things that they are doing in America in regards to the Caribbean. Caricom is making excellent strides.
By Dropsy da Cumaican @ NY
Sunday, January 8, 2006
What was taking you so long, we can trade with a country without adapting their Political Ideology. The United States is a big trading partner with China, they even barrow money from China; are the Americans Communist? No!
By Lincoln @ Canada/Gods Land
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
The Cubans are our brothers. We should welcome them with open arms. I support this move by CARICOM 100%. Don't be a blind race horse like the United States.
OUT OF MANY ISLANDS WE ARE ONE!
By Kwame @ Spaldings, Jamaica
Sunday, December 18, 2005
I believe that as a community all Caribbean countries including my own Jamaica should support Cuba in becoming a valid member in caricom it has always been my hope to see embargo's lifted from Cuba so that they can enjoy the same benefits as the rest of the region
By Enwright morle @ usa, Ma
Saturday, December 17, 2005
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