Talks held to strengthen Trinidad and Tobago-Jamaica ties


Nicholson is particularly concerned about the free movement issue among CARICOM countries. The legislation exists but he believes the implementation process has been lacking and the leaders of CARICOM need to address the situation and regularize the processes.

Nicholson also outlined increased partnership in energy between the two nations and other energy matters which Cadiz promised to relay to the minister of energy, Kevin Ramnarine.

Another topic of conversation that arose was the two nations’ involvement in the Caribbean Court of Justice and continued participation in the Privy Council.

In relation to the CCJ, Nicholson remarked: “How wonderful it would be, for example, if during this year of the 50th anniversary of Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, if both countries could table in their respective parliaments, on the same day, a bill to be a part, fully of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). How wonderful that would be.” 

To date, only Barbados, Belize, and Guyana have replaced the Privy Council with the CCJ

2012 marks the fiftieth anniversary of independence of both countries, yet there are still some unresolved differences between the regional superpowers. Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica’s relations have been strained since the demise of the West Indies Federation in 1962 when Jamaica withdrew from the ten nation coalition, prompting then Trinidad prime minister Dr Eric Williams to famously comment, “One from ten is nought.”

Since then both nations have become leaders in the Caribbean in sport, music, art, culture and fashion and remained friendly rivals, which were all topics of conversation between the ministers.

Both Cadiz and Nicholson are proponents of a renewed drive for regional integration and much of the discourse centred on ways in which both countries can co-operate and move closer together for the mutual benefit of their citizens.

Cadiz will be travelling to Jamaica later this month to participate in Expo Jamaica 2012 scheduled for April 26-29 in Kingston, and will continue talks with his counterpart, Anthony Hylton, minister of industry, investment and commerce of Jamaica to discuss the disparity of trade between the two countries and other trade and development matters.

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