CARICOM Day, celebrated on July 04, has been declared by the government as a National Holiday to mark the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Chaguaramas.
The decision was taken in Cabinet today although Prime Minister Gaston Browne had his reservations about the matter.
This will only be a one-off holiday and not an annual one and is expected to provide an opportunity for citizens to reflect on the achievements of the regional integration movement
It also allows for the celebration of cultural diversity and the shared heritage of the Caribbean.
St Kitts and Nevis and Grenada have already declared a day a public holiday
Browne’s regional counterpart, Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit also has his reservations about declaring July 4th a public holiday.