Notes From The Margin

March 9, 2008

A Glimmer of Hope As Enthusiasm For Petro Caribe Dims….

We on the margin have been waging our own little campaign about the dangers of Hugo Chavez’ Petro Caribe initiative for the Caribbean, we have been very concerned about the apparent ease with which a number of Caribbean countries were stepping into what we saw as a debt trap which would be very difficult to get out of. Barbados and Trinidad have been steadfast in their refusal to join (even with a change of government in the former) now signs are beginning to emerge.

Bahamas Minister of Finance Zhivargo Laing pointed out the obvious in an article in the Bahamas Journal.

Yes it has to be paid back! And in the meantime you are on the hook to a country that has shown itself to have a territorial agenda that works counter to many Caricom states’ welfare.

We have often asked the question on this blog, “What is it that Chavez gets out of Petro Caribe?”  Thankfully it seems that other people are asking the same question.



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  3. […] no surprise that many blogs were about issues surrounding Fidel Castro’s retirement and Cuba. PetroCaribe (Venezuelan oil alliance), CARICOM (Caribbean Community and Common Market), Carifesta (Caribbean […]

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