CARICOM ‘unequally yoked’ – Gonsalves

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – CARICOM nations are “unequally yoked” as two members, St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) and Dominica, still do not have international airports, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said in a letter to Irwin LaRocque, secretary-general of the regional bloc this month.

He noted that these two countries and the rest of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) sub-grouping are pre-dominantly tourist economies. “How can these two countries compete on a level playing field in tourism in the absence of an international airport?” Gonsalves asked.

He noted that Trinidad and Tobago is a petroleum-based economy while Belize, Suriname and Guyana are largely primary commodity producers. Gonsalves said that CARICOM has never considered it to be part of its “developmental business” to help SVG and Dominica to construct international airports.

And while SVG is constructing an EC$765 million international airport, one-third of the nation’s gross domestic product, only Trinidad and Tobago has contributed US$10 million — in grant monies in August 2008.

“Otherwise CARICOM has stood askance, a little bemused, save and except for a small loan/grant of US$4.2 million from the CARICOM Development Fund, some one-third of which is the contribution of St. Vincent and the Grenadines itself,” Gonsalves wrote.

He said that in the meantime, a “compact of the committed” – formerly called the “coalition of the willing” – including Cuba, Venezuela, Taiwan, Austria, Georgia, Libya, Iran, Mexico, and SVG itself, have been working on the construction of the airport, which is scheduled for completion in December 2013.

“CARICOM is not even helping with advocacy to garner resources!” Gonsalves said.

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7 thoughts on “CARICOM ‘unequally yoked’ – Gonsalves


    Posted by L Sutton | February 29, 2012, 07:52
  2. Loser Sutton,why you don’t go shut it for him.You dumb fool.Is vincentians like you that have svg lagging behind.Yo fraid progress cause deep down inside you a coward insecure little idiot.

    Posted by Jason | February 29, 2012, 12:04
    • After ten years we are still lagging behind??? come on jason we should be ahead by now. Oh yeah i forgot we are the only one with negative growth… geez that would keep us behind

      Posted by vincy in bad shape | February 29, 2012, 18:25
  3. I suppose if someone with an ounce of savvy, decided to build an airport, had a master plan and arranged funding prior to commencement, CARICOM would have respect for the project.

    When a total Pratt comes along, starts a project without any written commitment by the so-called “coalition of the willing” which turned out be the “coalition of the unwilling”, and Venezuela failing to pay the $10 million they owe us for the Cubans wages. Starting the project without the 7 year wind study. Taking land from people and until this very day failing to pay for it. Allowing our electricity company VINLEC to pay for fuel for the trucks and machines, causing everyones power to be a high rate.

    CARICOM think your a pratt and rightfully so, you are just that a total pratt.

    The people of SVG were promised that the project would cost them nothing, and when finished no debt would remain. That was just a total bunch of very dishonest lies. The people of SVG will be paying for that airport for the next hundred years.

    Money has been begged from countries who murder, rape, imprison, execute, all because people are Christians. Such money is dirty money, blood money. Gonsalves your actions have brought a curse on the airport


    Gonsalves your getting fatter by the second, go and take a vacation on a bacon slicer, lose some weight.

    Don’t blame me people I am only the messenger, you voted in this Marxist scum government.

    CARICOM, don’t fall for this crap, Gonsalves is just trying to embarrass you all. ALBA has a fund specificaly for airport development in the ALBA nations, why have they not put in the money?

    I am still working on the translations regarding the ALBA requirements of members. I will revert the soonest.

    Posted by Peter | February 29, 2012, 16:56
  4. When someone gives a speech, makes statements, writes articles, tells parliament, if the matter contains 90% truth, and 10% purposeful untruth, that is 100% a lie.

    Posted by Peter | March 3, 2012, 06:47
  5. Ralph Gonsalves came to Dominica in 2004 to give support to Roosevelt Skerrit and told Dominicans that they only need Night landing capabilities. Soon after his comments the ICC chose St Kitts over St Vincent for a venue for the 2007 Cricket World Cup because of proper Air Access. Ralphie had no choice but go build an International Airport. Can’t believe Ralphie is making that today. Exhale Ralphie, Exhale!!!!!

    Posted by negbawi | March 3, 2012, 16:41
  6. Gonsalves I think you are unevenly yoked, with all that egg yoke on your face.

    The yolk around the neck is spelled YOLK.

    Posted by Peter | March 4, 2012, 08:28

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