CARICOM to establish unrestricted movement of nationals by March 31

The Caribbean Community [CARICOM] has now affirmed that unrestricted travel by citizens of the Community throughout the region will take effect by the end of March.

This decision was disclosed by Prime Minister Mia Mottley of Barbados at the end of the latest CARICOM summit held in Guyana. 

It comes in fulfillment of the commitment made by Heads of Government at their last meeting in July 2023, when a deadline was set to conclude the process of enabling free movement for CARICOM nationals.

During the closing news conference of CARICOM's half-yearly meeting in Guyana, Prime Minister Mottley revealed that the leaders are on track to meet the established deadline, stressing that outstanding policy issues will be settled by March 15th.

This will pave the way for signing-off on the free movement agreement by March 31.

Under the existing arrangement, provided for in the Revised Treaty of Charaguamas, CARICOM nationals can freely relocate within participating nations for six months without scrutiny. 

Prime Minister Mottley stressed that the goal was remove this six-month constraint, ensuring minimum rights for CARICOM nationals. 

Efforts are also underway to address the issue of company formation, with plans to achieve mutual recognition of companies across the community by the time of the Heads of Government Conference in July, to be held in Grenada.

To facilitate communication among member states, a digital platform will be established, allowing individuals to register companies seamlessly across CARICOM nations. 

Host leader, President Irfaan Ali of Guyana, during the summit's inaugural ceremony, underscored the leaders' commitment to implementing the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). 




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