THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF CARICOM
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The Prime Minister Perry Christie has just returned from a successful summit with our Caribbean neighbours in Caricom. It was the 37thoccasion of the conference of Heads of Government of the region. The landscape has changed. Kenny Anthony of St Lucia, the ideological twin of Ralph Gonsalves of St Vincent is gone, no longer Prime Minister, having lost the general election. Kamala Persaud Bicessar is gone from Trinidad, defeated and replaced by Keith Rowley. Donald Ramataur, the former President of Guyana is gone and now replaced by General David Granger as President of Guyana. Portia Simpson Miller, the former Prime Minister of Jamaica is gone replaced by Andrew Holness. The atmosphere is different and more businesslike. The ideological drag which Ralph Gonsalves was able to put on the organization is defeated and the organization is now drifting right and being more practical. To be sure, there were the long diatribes and storytelling from the cranky St Vincent leader but the feel is entirely different and at one time, one of the leaders asked him if he could wind it up. This is good, because now Caricom can get to what is should be with less talk and more action.