World Ignores Caribbean Single Market Economy Inauguration

Last week, Barbados Prime Minister Owen Arthur met with leaders from Jamaica, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Belize and Suriname and signed the Declaration of Entry into the Caribbean Single Market Economy.

The world’s reaction? A collective yawn.

Perhaps the PM and his government could use some instruction on how to promote Barbados? It seems to me that any good wedding planner should have been able to achieve better promotional results than that achieved by Mr. Arthur & Company.

At Barbados Free Press, our lovely Shona did web searches all week looking for reaction to CSME in the world’s financial and news media – without success.

Here is the sad tale of the brilliant promotional work accomplished by the Barbados Government and all the Ministries…

The Wall Street Journal? Nothing.

CNN Financial News, International Herald Tribune Business, Washington Post, New York Times, MSN Money. All Nothing.

Financial Post – National Post (Canada), Globe & Mail (Canada) Financial Times (UK), The Economist (UK), The Times (UK), The Guardian (UK), Euromoney (EU), China Daily Business, South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), Japan Times, The Nikkei (Japan). Nothing.

As expected, the BBC Caribbean Bureau published a little fluff piece about the signing – but nothing of substance. Associated Press did the same. Black Britain published a story on the signing that quoted Prime Minister Owen Arthur (very well, I thought). That minor story was linked to by the American black-conservative blog Booker Rising.

That’s it for the major media, folks! (And we even stretched the definition of “major media” for that one.)

Several minor Caribbean blogs discussed signing of the Caribbean Single Market Economy pact as detailed by Georgia Popplewell at Global Voices – who made what is probably the most telling find…

Even the “Talk CSME” blog didn’t cover the Inauguration meeting.

What a pathetic joke.


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7 responses to “World Ignores Caribbean Single Market Economy Inauguration

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  3. The region has been consistently fooled by things like this. In Trinidad, I’ve heard “Same khaki pants” quite a few times.

    The people I have heard speak of it don’t see a benefit for themselves. It looks like a gross political maneuver to give back something people already had… basically legalizing things.

    Here’s a question for the Bajans – will CSME keep Guyanese from being exported, and will it keep them from being treated poorly by not just Barbados – but the rest of the Caribbean?

    Odd that the largest land mass in the Caribbean seems to have the most publicized refugees. But then, CARICOM said that Guyana would be the food basket of the Caribbean, and has let them down not only there but during times of flooding… no wonder Jagdeo went to Cuba. 🙂

    Me? I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop. In 5-10 years, we’ll know if this thing works. Past things from the palates of the CARICOM grand poobahs have me ultra conservative on anything that they do, especially with anything that they label ‘progress’.

  4. It’ll work. And actually, legalizing things is kind of the point about free trade since people find ways around it. This encourages sound, prosperous trade without extralegal risks.

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  6. The CSME, like the Federation is going to be disolved in four years for the most. The CSME has nothing to offer Barbados, it will drain Barbados of their professional resoucres, flood the country with job hungry people from the islands and set back the labor laws to the 1937 Riots. Everything that our parents and grand-parents fought for will be lost.

  7. Was anyone here paying attention when the MERCOSUR agreement was signed. We weren’t paying attention to the World – why should it be paying attention to us?

    In 2006 must our existence still be justified by what others think. The others are getting on with their business. 😦