Full CARICOM membership dismissed

The government has no interest in becoming a full member of CARICOM, Minister Alden McLaughlin told Finance Committee.

The committee was, on Thursday, considering an allocation of $101,000 for CARICOM fees.

MLA Rolston Anglin wondered if Cayman was getting deeper into CARICOM and wanted to know what the government’s position was.

Mr. McLaughlin said that in this day and age it was impossible for any country to be able to get by or succeed without building relationships with any other countries.

The good thing about Cayman’s associate membership, he told the committee, was that the arrangement let Cayman sit at the table, enter into discussions and learn what was going on.

Cayman did not have a vote but its voice was heard and it was not bound by any decisions, Mr. McLaughlin told the committee.

Cayman had to build relationships, he said.

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