Caribbean Enterprise – Guyana President Slams CSME

Guyana President Dr. Irfaan Ali.

News Americas, GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Mon December 7, 2020: The Government of Guyana has concerns about the inability of products from the country to enter markets in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) as part of the CARICOM Internal Market and Economy (CSME).

The CSME enables the free movement of goods, services, skills and workers within the 15-strong regional integration group, and President Dr. Irfaan Ali told the Canada-Guyana Chamber of Commerce launch that its administration is partnering with the private sector to remove barriers to intra-regional trade under the CSME.

He told the introduction that Guyana has had little success in getting its products onto the CARICOM market for years.

“That needs to change. We made investments from other CARICOM countries possible without any hurdles. Our private sector never came out and complained. Our private sector never told the government to pull back. The fact is, we weren’t treated the same. It has to change, ”said President Ali.