The Caribbean Community


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The Caribbean Community
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Williams, Eric Eustace


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Excerpts from speech /by Eric Williams during debate on the 1973 budget, 9 January, 1973.
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Corp. Name: Caribbean Community Subject-Geo. Trm: Caribbean Area

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Excerpts from speech by
Dr. the Rt. Hon. Eric Williams
Prime Minister of Trimuad and Tobago
during debate on the
1973 Budget
9 January, 1973

Dr. the Rt. Hon. Eric Williams

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might say, two of the major mistakes n
te previous federal exercise: one, the initi;
e from the outside, for purposes associ
the national interests of countries out:
initiative is now coming from within;
ndly the initiatives of the past three to
s have been based on solid economic
tical realities totally ignored in the foi
ral period; so that where in the former fec

Jamaica, they will lose out in the race for
One of the things I think I personally would
)ike to deal with at another meeting of the Council
of Ministers, I think one great gap in the present
arrangements for co-operation, which are excel-
lent, leading up to the common market, the com-
mon external tariff, etc., is that more than ever the
closest possible co-operation is required among
the police services of the Caribbean dealing with

organised crime coming from North America. No
one country can deal with it and it becomes too
easy for somebody to slip out on a boat to some
place or other.
There is a lot of suggestions that with the
Mexican border being closed with the U.S. for
marijuana, the traffic and interest have shifted
to Jamaica. We could ignore Mexico perhaps. We
can't ignore Jamaica.
And there are possibly other lines. I would
believe that with all that has been said about
education in the past few weeks, we should pay
a lot more attention at the level of Heads of
Governments and the Council of Ministers to the
whole question of teacher training.
Primary education should be left to every body
\ to do what they want. Secondary education, do
j what you like as long as entry standards to the
\University are not reduced. But teacher training
is something quite different, especially in these
days when a Caribbean Examinations Council has
Been agreed upon.
I am very happy to see that some agreement
has been developed at the level of the public
servants permitting a greater interchange. I am
Snot too sure that the agreement is as tight as we
should like it to provide a larger area of operation
Sfor our public servants.
As we know here, it is a movement both ways.
2 Somebody from Trinidad and Tobago goes to one
of the smaller territories, even in private enter-
prise, we had to give up one of our top petroleum
Specialists to become manager of the Antigua
Refinery. It operates both ways.
-^z I would like to see teacher training, the public
j service, and above all-I don't believe this stage
Shas yet been reached-the closest possible col-
laboration between the Ministries of Health in
< respect of public health. Polio is not a Trinidad

anu looago manLer. u mureC is a y iuw IlvoI u
in any part of the Caribbean, the entire tourist
trade of the Caribbean collapses. There is the
total concern in the whole western hemisphere
with the western spread of cholera. That would
not be limited to any one territory.
The policy of immunisation which has begun
here in Trinidad and Tobago of the pre-school
child beginning with small pox and polio and
going on to include tetanus and diptheria in due
course, should be spread throughout the entire
region. So that there is a lot of room for the
greater strengthening of the ties, economic, very
practical. Provided we stop what was fashionable
(perhaps it still is), running about the place seek-
ing to browbeat Jamaica, saying the Jamaicans
this, the Jamaicans that. Jamaicans are the pro-
duct of their history. Jamaicans nationalism .is
over 300 years old. There is a homogeneity in
Jamaica that extends only to Barbados in the
Caribbean. That's the people of Jamaica.
You don't agree with their policies. That's
O.K. Nobody says you have to agree. But when
Jamaica started by saying that they are afraid of
any discussion in the Caribbean in which they are
one against ten other territories, they raised one
of the fundamental points in the whole Caribbean,
which the smaller territories have themselves
begun to realise. They have moved towards a
common market of the smaller territories. They
have moved towards a tariff for the smaller terri-
tories. They are coming with a multi-national
investment corporation for the smaller territories.
They have inserted their concern with tourism
for the smaller territories in the university

If it was possible for them to get together (and
who knows they may be closer to a unit than they
have ever been) I think perhaps a lot of the prob-
lems facing Jamaica or for that matter Trinidad
and Tobago may be solved, because the problems


that Jamaica ran away from with secession, were
the problems that were faced with greater de-
cisiveness by Trinidad and Tobago in the absence
of Jamaica.
If there was a smaller number of self-contained
units with the disparity in size being less than it
is today, I think it would be found that we have
gone a long way towards meeting what turns out
to be the legitimate apprehensions of the people
and Government of Jamaica.
That is going to affect us with Caribbean co-
operation now. We have gone a long way talking
about the European Common Market, and sugar.
This is a very difficult question, more difficult
than people realize. It can't be dealt with as
glibly as some people talk about it. At the back
of it all is that nobody knows what is going to
happen with the beet sugar producers in Europe
and above all the beet sugar producers in Britain.
And then at the same time as always our special-
ity in the West Indies for settling the problem as
we are fiddling about the place while the sugar
is burning, this is the beet sugar crisis.
Nobody wants our sugar. If the whole Carib-
bean sugar industry were to be destroyed (Castro
would not permit the Cuban sugar industry to be
destroyed) one of the principal problems faced by
the developed countries emanating from colonial-
ism would have been solved to a very large extent.
That is one way of dealing with it. The Govern-
ment has to concern itself with the fact that the
possibility exists that this thing will continue and
we have to look for the best possible terms, while
thp. nrric nrp cyn;nof rrnain-fr -_

ment for West Indian sugar from which Trinidad
and Tobago has benefited to the extent of
$400,000 Canadian, in the past two to three
years, which have been spent on improvements
for the cane farmers, providing access roads and
Now here is a Board. Cabinet looked at it and
decided that we should represent to the Canadian
Government diplomatically our concern with the
matter-that we look on it as something that was
settled between Government and Government and
therefore before any consideration is given to a
revision there must be further discussions between
Government and Government.
It's a very difficult question. Canada is a
friendly country. There are other parts of the
world which don't have any concern for Trinidad
and Tobago at all.
So that there is a lot to face the Caribbean
Community. Great steps forward if we could
agree on some common policy. The latest in-
formation is that steps are being taken to discuss
exploitation of mineral resources on a multi-
national basis with the possibility of arriving at
a common agreement. I don't want to specify. It
has not reached the stage yet for public announce-
ment and therefore discussion, that these steps
are being taken and something is likely to result
in a short while.
We only hope that private enterprise would
play its part better in this matter of the multi-
national investment company than it has in other


Some members of the Trinidad and Tol

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