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P.J. Patterson JIS File Photo
—In what was essentially his farewell speech to the Organisation of American States (OAS), Jamaica Prime Minister P.J. Patterson said Mar.9 that Caribbean countries continue to face a very hostile and unpredictable international environment despite the potential benefits from globalization and trade liberalization.

Speaking on the theme, "Caribbean Integration in Emerging Hemispheric Relations," before the protocolary session of the OAS Permanent Council, Patterson said inequalities still remain in the global environment, with Latin America and the Caribbean at increasing economic risk.

Portia Simpson Miller
Portia Simpson Miller
KINGSTON, Jamaica—
President -designate of the ruling People's National Party (PNP) Portia Simpson-Miller says she is not yet ready to discuss speculation about the possibility of a snap-election.

Responding to reporters' questions, following her Feb. 25 victory, the Prime Minister-designate said, "I would never have any discussion. I have not even taken by oath of office yet. When I have to speak about those issues I'll do so at the appropriate time," she said.

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Dr. Errol Cort
 PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad
,-The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) SingleMarket (CSM) will be significantly strengthened once regional businesspeople help to develop the economies of all nations through financial investments, says a regional finance minister.
Antigua and Barbuda Finance and Economy Minister, Dr. Errol Cort, made the comments earlier this week at a news conference in Port of Spain, called to promote a bond issue initiative currently being undertaken by his government.

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, December 8,  Caricom leaders began their second joint summit with the Cuban leader Fidel Castro here with a call for  the United States to end its 45-year-old blockade of the socialist nation.

“We asserted that the view that Cuba was also an integral part of the hemispheric community and we remain convinced that efforts at its  isolation were not only unjust but counter-productive,” Caricom’s chairman, the St. Lucian Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony said in speech to the opening plenary at the Hilton Hotel.