St Vincent and the Grenadines led by Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, and the Cooperartive Republic of Guyana represented by Foreign Minister Carl Greenidge, signed on to the new Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Multilateral Air Services Agreement (MASA) which should provide a major boost to the regional transportation sector, a critical aspect of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).
The agreement expands the scope for airlines owned by CARICOM nationals to provide air services throughout the 15-member grouping.
The CARICOM Secretariat said that the agreement allows for no restriction on routes, capacity or traffic rights and should facilitate increased intra-regional travel and provide more cargo options for exporters and importers with resulting cost savings.
“This should provide a major boost to the regional transportation sector which is a critical aspect of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME),” that allows for the free movement of goods, skills, labour and services across the region.
Guyana's Minister of Foreign Affairs Carl Greenidge and the St.Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister also signed the Revised Agreement Establishing the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) and the CARICOM Multilateral Air Services Agreement (MASA) during the 29th Inter-Sessional Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government Meeting in Haiti, Tuesday.
The Revised Agreement Establishing the CXC seeks to update the CXC’s legal structure in light of subsequent organisational practices, recent market developments and current needs, with particular emphasis on accommodating requests from additional territories and institutions to join or otherwise participate in the CXC.
Barbados Prime Minister Fruendel Stuart and the Bahamas Foreign Minister Daren Henfield signed the CARICOM Arrest Warrant Treaty, While Barbados also took the opportunity to sign the revised agreement establishing the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC).
The CARICOM Arrest Warrant Treaty, which had already been signed by some member states, simplifies the procedure of returning fugitives to the country where charges have been laid.
Montserrat's Education, Health and Youth Minister, Delmaude Ryan, signed on to the accord establishing the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions, and the agreement establishing the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREE).
- Countries: CARICOM