Well, if this article is anything to go by, CARICOM is in for some bit of trouble: it's heading towards bankruptcy:
"The region is heading towards bankruptcy, if countries could be declared bankrupt," he said at a press conference.
Jagdeo, a Soviet-educated economist, heads a task force of the 15-nation Caribbean Community set up to look at ways the region can address the impact of the global financial crisis."
If this is true, then it means that CARICOM probably has an existential crisis on its hands that finds expression in how it has to source funds to compensate for the adverse effects of the crisis on its economies.
Financial services and tourism revenue have dropped, so the article maintains, but what is really pernicious is the fact that no less than the World Trade Organisation (Robert Zoellick) is stepping in to assist the region.
Is the region in for more of the old medecine of neo-liberalism and privatisation?
Perhaps CARICOM better quickly hurry up and consult other regional blocs for guidance?