CARICOM supports Trinidad’s move to adopt CCJ

Speaking on Wednesday during a round-table meeting with local media practitioners, LaRocque said the CCJ becoming the country’s final appeals court would demonstrate “mature independence”.

“This is a positive step and it should be encouraged,” LaRocque said at the meeting, which was held at the offices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Communication in Port-of-Spain.

LaRoque also announced plans to make CARICOM more visible to its members, through social networking. 

“We need to make CARICOM more attractive to its members, particularly the youths. To do this we have to become visible on the social media,” he said.

However, LaRoque admitted there were “challenges” within the Secretariat in making this a reality, particularly with its present information technology (IT) capabilities.

“There is a Draft Communication Strategy. In it we are looking at how we can improve our communication infrastructure in order to make it more efficient. We will be using the social media to its fullest,” he explained.

He also disclosed the Secretariat’s plans to develop an interactive child website as a means of capturing a younger audience.

LaRoque also noted that a reform and renewal of CARICOM was necessary if it was to be made more relevant to today’s society.

“It was easier to promote regional integration in the earlier days than it is now. The youths have lost interest and so we have to make it more relevant by developing some key areas. Of course there will always be the economic aspect, but we also have to look at developing the social aspect,” LaRoque said.

For this to be accomplished, LaRoque said media would have to play a huge part.

“Media should be more informed about what we are doing. It has to be more investigative. Media has to partner with us a stakeholder as it will play a critical role in shaping information,” he said.

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