Mottley moves to speed up free movement of Caricom citizens

Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley has announced that her Cabinet will extend the most favoured-nation treatment principle to all CARICOM citizens as a matter of urgency.

Article 8 of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas states: "Subject to the provisions of this Treaty, each Member State shall, with respect to any rights covered by this Treaty, accord to another Member State treatment no less favourable than that accorded to:

(a)        a third Member State; or

(b)        third States."

The announcement comes as a big step toward free movement of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nationals, as she addressed the summit of CARICOM leaders in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Mottley, who won the Barbados elections on May 24th, is insisting on the need to dismantle the bureaucracy that hinders free movement of Caribbean people to work, live and play.

She told regional leaders that Barbados was one of those countries experiencing the “red tape” that spreads across the region.

Motley noted that between 2006 and 2018 the local accreditation council issued 2,039 certificates and verified another 1,122, and of the 3,161 certificates.

Ten were fraudulent.

She suggested the enactment of legislation to place the burden of proof on anyone who submits a certificate that is found to be fraudulent, to show cause why the certificate should not be revoked.

She contended that such legislation could reduce the time needed for accreditation to about three weeks, from up to four months

Motley also reiterated plans for the abolition of visa requirements for Haitian coming to Barbados, a decision which was first reported by Barbados TODAY last month when Minister of Home Affairs Edmund Hinkson said there was no logical reason to impose visa requirements on Haitians because they were part of the community.

Source: Barbados TODAY


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