Prudent: Ross University saga an indictment on CARICOM

The leader of the Lucian Peoples Movement, Therold Prudent, has declared that the Ross University saga involving Dominica and Barbados, is an indictment on the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the regional grouping to which both countries belong.

The institution is relocating from Dominica to Barbados.

“It just proves that we are like crabs in a barrel,” Prudent told St Lucia Times in an interview Friday.

“We are continually fighting each other for a little bread, for opportunity, whereas we should be standing with each other and at least saying to this University ‘Listen, this is a sister Island. You can’t just pick up and go and just come into another Caribbean Island because you believe that the terms aren’t favourable to you anymore in that particular country.'”

The LPM leader asserted that countries within CARICOM need to speak with one voice.

He expressed the view that the Ross University issue demonstrates that foreigners and investors understand the disunity and weakness in CARICOM and Caribbean Islands.

According to Prudent, the investors understand that all they have to do is “put a carrot before us and we will jump for it, not mindful if it is going to cost the other nation or country which is a part of CARICOM. ”

He said CARICOM has not lived up to expectations, including speaking with one voice on the international stage and adopting a unified foreign policy.

“Right now we are in a situation where everybody is looking after themselves and it is not about the region as a whole” the LPM leader lamented.

He told St Lucia Times that under such circumstances, it is easy for investors to disrespect the Caribbean.

On Tuesday, Barbados Prime Minister, Mia Mottley was quoted as  denying that there was anything underhanded by her administration, in accepting the Ross University School of Medicine’s move to the island from Dominica.

Mottley asserted that the hands of her administration are clean, local media reports said.

Last Friday,  Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit announced that Ross University, which had been forced to relocate its operations to St Kitts and the state of Tennessee in the United States following the passage of Hurricane Maria last September, would be leaving the Eastern Caribbean nation after 40 years.

6 Comments

  1. Jack
    August 10, 2018 at 12:47 pm Reply

    Prudent pack up and go into another country

    1. Bob
      August 10, 2018 at 1:54 pm Reply

      So true just go go go back the the usa

  2. Jacks pineapple
    August 10, 2018 at 2:01 pm Reply

    Very good obervadion Mr Prudent. It’s almost if these islands are living in an individual bubble.
    Caricom must do better than that.

  3. Tom Jones
    August 10, 2018 at 3:35 pm Reply

    Sometimes these guys get so caught up in their imagined intellect that they are unable to understand basic realities. There seems to be this assumption that if other Caribbean countries refused to entertain Ross it would be forced to stay in Dominica.

    The reality is that once Ross had decided it was no longer in its interest to be in Dominica, it was going to leave Dominica. If you spend about 5 minutes on Google you’ll realize the company has operations elsewhere. The only real issue is whether it would move elsewhere in the Caribbean or leave the Caribbean altogether.

    Or perhaps Prudent believes the Caribbean would somehow be better off if Ross left the Caribbean because it would show we have “solidarity”?

  4. Avid Reader
    August 10, 2018 at 8:43 pm Reply

    Very good analysis. I never saw it that way.

  5. cart
    August 11, 2018 at 2:09 pm Reply

    stupid. businesses seek better deals all the time. barbados is a better market to be in. the medical partnerships the university can get there, it cant get in dominica. caribbean islands survive going broke after bananas, which was a much bigger issue, dominica will survive ross leaving. if i were on the board, i would make the decision to seek better opportunities in an island with more.

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