Cuba and Caricom: where now?
Caricom has had long-standing relations with Cuba under President Fidel Castro - both as a bloc and among the individual Caricom member states.
But how much were these ties built around the personality of Fidel Castro?
Will a new regime in Havana mean a new era in relations between Cuba and Caricom?
Several Caricom leaders have paid glowing tributes to Fidel Castro and have spoken of continuing ties with the communist island.
How should Caricom structure it's relations with Cuba under new president Raul Castro?
Have your say
It is time for CARICOM leaders to reach out to Cuba, because we have much to gain from them. It is time for Cuba to be a part
of CARICOM, because only then will the Caribbean be able to compete with the world
Cuba is the 800lb gorilla in CARICOM's room. If the issue of Cuba's future is not realized or confronted CARICOM stands to
lose and lose big. The region has more to gain from Cuba than Cuba stands to gain from the region; leaders of CARICOM must
do their best to reach out to the leaders in Havana and bring them into the system as soon as possible.
Cuba, like Norway and Trinidad and Tobago, have huge potential for offshore oil development. Raul should link with Statoil
and State financiers from Singapore, UAE, Dubai and Brunei to build platforms and develop their Gulf oil riches. Cuban oil
potentially can modernize Cuban agriculture and industry and bring the nation into the forefront in a generation.
The USA is going to try to move in on Cuba by offering to lift the embargo. Unless Caricom moves fast to try to get Cuba into
the fold, so to speak, it might find itself irrelevant to Cuba's interests. US dollars are very tempting
Cuba must now become a full member of CARICOM, hence allowing CARICOM to compete with the world. CARICOM needs action, and
it does not seem anyone in CARICOM is ready for the development that CARICOM needs. Cuba has resources, both human and financial,
to move CARICOM to developed status. Cuba should have full membership now, before the Dominican Republic
Yes I think that there will be change, and even more so when Fidel finally passes away.