Opening Address at
the 24th Regular Meeting of the Conference of CARICOM Heads of Government
The Most Honourable P. J. Patterson, ON, PC, QC,
Prime Minister of Jamaica
July 2, 2003
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gathering here this evening holds special significance for our region. On
Friday, July 4th, we will officially mark the 30th Anniversary of the birth of
our integration movement, having signed the Treaty of Chaguaramas in 1973.
Anniversaries are not just for celebration, but also mark defining moments for
looking towards the future.
one can dare to dispute that planet earth today reflects a global landscape
vastly different from that which existed three decades ago. The changes have
been far too rapid and profound to permit a full recital today. It is no
accident that the Caribbean Sea has been the hand-maiden of the Regional
Integration Process. We have traveled through the Caribbean – from Dickenson Bay
in Antigua, where the CARIFTA Agreement was signed, to Chaguaramas in 1973,
where CARICOM was born, to Grand Anse in Grenada in 1989 where we agreed to
establish the Single Market and Economy – and now to Montego Bay in this new
Century where we are challenged to take our regional integration process to a
new level of maturity...
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July 07, 2003