BEFORE CARICOM can re-open regional travel, one of the main matters it must first address is at what stage of travel should COVID-19 tests be presented or administered.
In an interview on Tuesday with the BBC World News, CARICOM Chair and Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley discussed the Region’s greatest difficulty amidst the pandemic: how to balance “lives and livelihoods.”
Approximately 50 per cent of the Region’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) depends on tourism and trade, but ports have been shut for over two months because of the deadly virus.
DELIBERATIONS ON TESTING
Mottley said that though the Region cannot afford to remain closed forever, and while the hope is that regional travel commences within weeks, CARICOM leaders are not prepared to re-open without being prepared.