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Montserrat continues steps towards full implementation of CARICOM treaty

Montserrat is continuing to take steps towards the full implementation of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas.

Premier Donaldson Romeo gave the assurance that Montserrat, a British Overseas Territory, was continuing its engagements to ensure the timely completion of the processes to this end.

He made the announcement at the opening ceremony of the 36th meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on Thursday 2 July, 2015, in Bridgetown, Barbados.

“Regarding the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, we continue our exchanges with Her Majesty’s Government, and are preparing the required Legislation to submit to the Legislative Assembly of Montserrat. The CARICOM Authority has granted timelines for completion of the processes and for the full implementation of the Revised Treaty.

“We are very clear that our accession to the Caribbean Development Fund (CDF), which will assist our efforts to integrate, and the Original Court of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), which safeguards the rules of trade, are necessary pillars that will move Montserrat forward,” Romeo said.

He added that CARICOM secretary-general, Irwin LaRocque, who visited Montserrat earlier this year, had assured him that all courtesies and assistance would be granted as needed “to help Montserrat advance as a founding member of CARICOM, with the current new and revised arrangements of our regional integration movement”.

“As a number of studies have shown, it is in the strategic interest of both CARICOM and Montserrat that we remain inclusive, particularly in the area of natural resources, the environment and climate change,” he said.

Romeo was attending his first regular meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM, which concluded Saturday evening.

Courtesy: Caribbean News Now

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