[www.inewsguyana.com] – President David Granger on Thursday, July 02 says that Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has the intensity, will and resources to develop the region but there are some burdens currently being faced by Guyana which will affect the Caribbean.
The President was at the time speaking at a gathering in his honour at the home of the Consul General, Michael Brotherson in Barbados. He was referring to the latest claim by Venezuela on Guyana’s now oil rich territory off the Essequibo Coast.
According to a post on the Ministry of the Presidency’s Facebook Page, President Granger affirmed that Guyana will play a great part in making the regional body an “economic power house”.
“We have come here under a cloud because we have laboured with a monkey on our back and that is the territorial claim by Venezuela. It is something that has obstructed development,” said President Granger.
However, the President said that while Guyana’s contribution to CARICOM’s development is significant, the country will need support going forward.
“We hope to work with our colleagues to ensure that the two things our leaders stood up for in 1965, national independence and regional integration are upheld at this meeting and throughout the future development in CARICOM.”