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Caricom dream: Free movement deadline tight but…


Jamaica Observer – MINISTER of Foreign Affairs Senator Kamina Johnson Smith has admitted that the plan by Caricom leaders to introduce the right for nationals to unrestricted freedom to travel, live, and work in member countries by March 30, 2024 could be difficult to achieve.

But Johnson Smith is adamant that this is a step in the right direction and every effort should be made to ensure it becomes a reality.

“Will we make 2024? I cannot lay my head on the block to say we will make March 31, 2024. But it is an admirable goal and it is one which Jamaica supports,” said Johnson Smith as she responded to a question from the Jamaica Observer during a post-Cabinet media briefing at Jamaica House on Wednesday.

During the recent 45th Regular Meeting of the Caricom Heads of Government in Port of Spain, Trinidad, the leaders agreed to amend the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas to guarantee all Caricom nationals freedom of movement and residence.

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