Ramish and Leela
Thursday, 12 July 2018 18:44

PM Defends Delay In Signing CARICOM's Protocol On Contingent Rights

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Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Rowley, says Trinidad and Tobago will sign on to CARICOM's Protocol on Contingent Rights, once there are no legal issues standing in the way.

The measure will allow for persons who work across the region, through the provisions of the CSME, to have their spouses and children join them in those jurisdictions.

At Thursday's Post Cabinet Media Briefing, Prime Minister Rowley took a jab at social media commentators who criticised T&T's position not to immediately sign the document.

On the final day of the 39th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM last week, Jamaica, Barbados, St. Lucia, Grenada, Suriname, and Haiti signed the accord.

Prime Minister Rowley said a decision on the Contingent Rights had been taken since 2014 but was not acted upon. It's for this reason T&T has to be cautious before signing.

The Prime Minister also the used the opportunity to remind the population that after former Prime Minister Patrick Manning demitted office in 2010, the CARICOM Single Market and Economy was taken off the agenda at CARICOM.

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