CARICOM countries sign maritime agreements

Barbados said Thursday that the decision of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries to maritime agreements in Grenada is a “tangible demonstration of that commitment to closer regional integration”.

Barbados signed the accord establishing a maritime boundary with St.. Lucia at the same time that Castries signed a similar treaty with St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart said that both treaties “are the results of a series of talks between, and among the three countries” and that a third related maritime boundary delimitation agreement – between Barbados and St. Vincent – was conducted and signed in 2015 and has already entered into force.

He told the signing ceremony that the definition of the extent of a state’s jurisdiction over its land and maritime space is no small matter.

“However, the alacrity with which all parties have been able to reach agreement on their respective maritime boundaries speaks volumes to the breadth, the depth and the tenor of regional cooperation and the spirit of unity that have traditionally characterised CARICOM interstate relations,” Stuart said, adding “I can truly say that this is an historic moment which I am honoured to be a part”.

Stuart, the only head of government to have addressed the occasion, said the twin issues of ocean governance and the blue economy are becoming increasingly topical and that part and parcel of both endeavours “is the ability of a state to exercise jurisdiction unimpeded over the ocean space appertaining to it.

“Indeed, such exercise of jurisdiction is one of the very defining characteristics of sovereignty and to be able to agree with one’s neighbours exactly where their jurisdiction begins and yours ends, and vice versa is thus a matter of the highest import to the proper conduct of the business of the state”.

Stuart said that the symbolism of the signing of the treaty, not in Bridgetown, Castries, but in the margins of the CARICOM summit has not escaped him.

“To me, it is a palpable, tangible demonstration of that commitment to closer regional integration and closer cooperation that is still alive within our regional grouping”.

He said the signing “is nothing less than another defining step as we seek to deepen relations between our countries, enhance regional cooperation and continue to develop a stable regime for our common patrimony, the Caribbean Sea”.



  1. Anonymous
    July 7, 2017 at 10:14 am


  2. Anonymous
    July 7, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    You know, what is sometimes puzzling about Black people in general, and St. Lucians in particular, is that they pursue the ideal and give the impression that they want to be united as a people. Yet, at the same time, they do everything to prevent themselves from living together as one. It is clear that after so many years, CARICOM does nt work. Why can’t we just scrap this nonsense and establish bi-lateral relations with each other on a “needs be” basis? Our Constitutions are different, some of our political structures are different, and even some of our history is different. yet we want to pretend that we are ONE people. The Federation failed, the Federation of “The Little Eight” failed, we created a sub grouping called the OECS within CARICOM to keep small States together with a single currency, but we walk out of meetings because of disagreements with our colleagues. Clearly, it is time to review our position on this so-called “unity” thing !

    1. Anonymous
      July 8, 2017 at 8:04 am

      CARICOM is currently working for me as I type this.

      You and your ilk remind me of Donald Trump supporters who are statisically uneducated and blame external forces for failure

      1. Anonymous
        July 8, 2017 at 4:40 pm

        Exactly how is CARICOM working for you at this time? And what external forces were alluded to in the previous comment ? You may feel encouraged by all of these groupings and sub groupings, but you simply cannot point to any great advantage of having such associations. Perhaps this is why the British people opted to get out of the EU. They did not see any benefits in remaining a part of this arrangement. Already, they had not joined the monetary arrangement, opting instead to keep the British pound, instead of embracing the Euro. Finally, it is a pity that you were not around when the West Indies Federation collapsed, and when the subsequent Federation of the “Little Eight” went under. I wonder who was statistically uneducated then. Perhaps it was the late Sir Eric Williams who, following the pull out of Jamaica, declared that “one from ten leaves nought”. This, I believes, qualifies as being “statistically uneducated”. And Donald Trump was not yet even around !

      2. Anon 3
        July 9, 2017 at 5:35 am

        Perhaps that Anonymous writer has CARICOM working for him/her because it enables him/her to pursue a career in the area of tertiary study via the CSME? After I all I know a number of fellow CARICOM nationals who are able to do just that and that has benefitted the host countries greatly rather than simply benefitting the USA or Canada as those two places were the most likely places that they would have chosen instead had they been unable to fulfil their potential in the region. Who knows, perhaps it could also be related to social security since my friends who live and work in other countries across the region apart from home and that anonymous writer (if he/she works in another CSME country or Bahamas) can continue to make social security payments and expect to receive what is due to them upon retirement from all the countries they have worked in without the benefits calculation being reset to zero for each country worked in? Or perhaps it works for that anonymous writer due to the benefit of the CXC and its exams for school children? Or maybe it could be because CARICOM was the brain-child behind the Association of Caribbean States which in turn has initiated a project (OHADAC) to harmonize business law across the entire Caribbean and allow for simple, clear rules for his/her business when operating across countries? Maybe the anonymous writer benefits from the fact that CARICOM persuaded Digicel to do away with roaming charges in the region, so when he/she travels on business they aren’t paying extortionist roaming charges? Just because something appears to have no direct benefit to you, does not mean it has no value. As for who was statistically uneducated when the West Indies Federation collapsed, that should have been clear enough if you were indeed around at the time as you try to imply; it was all those Jamaican voters who got hoodwinked by the JLP to vote against continued federation on some rather spurious grounds. And given those in my own family who were indeed around then during that referendum and imparted their experience of it and from what I have read widely on it, those were some truly ridiculous and narrow minded arguments utilized such as linking the federation with the government’s then development of Negril or claiming the other, poorer islands at the time were going to suck Jamaica dry – well now Negril is one of the top tourist spots in Jamaica and bringing in much needed foreign exchange for an island that has now become the supplicant to the very sister islands that the JLP encouraged people to spur as Jamaica has sunk into economic malaise while those islands became richer. No narrow-mindedness by the JLP then would have meant no “one from ten leaves nought” from Williams and no collapse of the federation. The fact that the JLP only just recently as a few years ago to used hype up on the same sentiment you expressed but have since made a quiet U-turn following the receipt of a report they commissioned (as government) on caricom’s value should be instructive.