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BARBADOS and Trinidad and Tobago will be working together to put certain protocols in place to get the wheels of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) moving faster in 2020.

That word came from Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister, Dr Keith Rowley, yesterday during a break of the 31st Inter-Sessional Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government being held at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.

Rowley said there were certain decisions made that would remain confidential for now, but the point was to make CSME more operational in the coming months.

“We have taken some decisions to further operationalise the decisions that we have made. We have recognised that we want to move more quickly in having the effects of those decisions put in place,” he told reporters in the foyer as delegates went to lunch.

“There are first some administrative and operational issues we have to address, and from that standpoint, Trinidad and Barbados have agreed to do some things to allow for further implementation of the decisions we take with respect to the CSME,” he added.

Rowley was cautious when asked about a decision on Tuesday that saw Trinidad remain on the European Union’s blacklist of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions in the Eastern Caribbean. “I knew there was a meeting in Paris and that our attorney general was there. I haven’t gotten any feedback,” he said.

But he was a bit surprised Trinidad remained blacklisted.

“We have been doing a lot and our legislative programme has been very aggressive. There was a meeting recently when an examination was done, and from all reports, I was expecting we would have done enough to be released from the list we were on,” he told reporters.

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