Vladimir Putin

Barrow, The Right Honourable Errol W.

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First issue raised is whether or not the Empire ever became a Commonwealth. A review of some of the changes in the political/economic relationships. A new deployment and emerging strategy brought about by various factors: the development of nuclear potential; new economic and trading blocs; new alignments developing in Europe; new discoveries of wealth in parts of Africa; independence of African countries; the decline of imperial connections. Changes in the West Indies: Jamaica, Trinidad, Guyana, Barbados. Government decisions of the independent Caribbean countries must now take into account the realities of trading and political interest, and their own self-interest. No more imperial preferences. A concern with the restrictions in trade. The establishment of a Caribbean community. A new strategy of involvement. Goals of lasting peace and prosperity.