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Last updated: 07 July, 2010 - Published 14:34 GMT
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That elusive governance structure
President Bharrat Jagdeo of Guyana
President Jagdeo wants a structure that'll get things done on a daily basis
Caribbean Community (Caricom) leaders have been discussing just how to make integration work better.

A new governance structure, aimed at speedier implementation of decisions, has been in the works for years.

The leaders say they are working on establishing a permanent governance council to address the problem of implementing decisions taken jointly at Caricom level.

But in a grouping where little happens without unanimity, a consensus has been hard to come by, especially if it involves a ceding of national sovereignty.

The so-called implementation-deficit issue is among areas that have drawn criticism across the region, with pundits and ordinary people querying the relevance of the regional grouping in today's Caribbean.

Establishing a governance structure

Guyana's President Bharrat Jagdeo says there is no lack of desire, however.

"I think the political will exists, but it's not matched by the structures that would allow effective implementation of decisions," the Guyanese leader said.

Mr Jagdeo said that there must be a structure within Caricom that focuses on getting things done on a daily basis.

BBC Caribbean's Karen Madden James who is covering the summit, explains how the leaders, as a whole, have been responding to the questions about Caricom's relevance.

Meanwhile Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minster Kamla Persad Bissessar says her country can no longer continue with the level of support it has provided Caricom through its Petroleum Fund sponsorship.

She says Trinidadian funding assistance for Caricom will not be maintained at past levels.

The Prime Minister, who is in Jamaica for the Caricom heads of government summit, told a news conference that Trinidad and Tobago has its own fiscal challenges and must take this into consideration before extending help to the regional grouping.

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