Owen Seymour Arthur, former Prime Minister of Barbados, stated in the year 2000, ”I must say to you that the single market and economy in the Caribbean cannot truly become a reality, unless we create the political power structures to make it a reality. It will not be easy or automatic.”. So far, the Caribbean has followed a path of multilateralism building on the principle of unanimity to establish the CSME. This has led to some progress but at a very slow speed. This leads to the questions:
- Does the Caribbean get in its own way by following this pathway?
- Are there no other suitable power structures – be they political or societal?
- Does decision making have to be unanimous at all times?
- accountability, liability, participation and transparency have to be designed into the system to make it compatible with democratic principles
- closed shops have to be avoided
- burden of participation must be held bearable for stakeholders to avoid strong administrative bodies from taking over control