Friday 17th May, 2018 –The 46th meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development ended today in Georgetown Guyana but not before its chairman called on his colleagues to give attention to issues that can impact industries within the region.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Immigration, the Hon. Paul ‘Chet’ Greene speaking at the opening of the two-day meeting in Guyana said the region’s industries are under threat and a united approach must be taken in dealing with the issues.
The COTED chairman admonished that the responsibilities lie with the organization to serve as protectionists on behalf of the region’s peoples.
Minister Greene wants COTED to pay attention to trade with the UK post Brexit and the advancement of the Caribbean single Market and Economy (CSME).
He expressed dissatisfaction at the progress made. The COTED chairman stated that the Council must take stock of the areas of implementation where there is stagnation, devise and implement purpose fit solutions to achieve sustained progress, celebrate and showcase achievements, and involve all community stakeholders in the CSME consultations, through all forms of dialogue at the national and regional levels.