The Government of Trinidad and Tobago has vowed to continue restricting the trade in honey being produced by CARICOM countries to prevent the spread of diseases.
However, a CARICOM bulletin says that T&T did not rule out relaxing rules for the product to transit that twin-island nation without penalty.
The issue dates back to February 2015 when Trinidad and Tobago fined Guyanese Freight Forwarding Service LaParkan US$3,000 for facilitating the movement of honey within one mile of Trinidad and Tobago’s shores in violation of the 1935 Beekeeping and Bee Products Act.
Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley has announced that her Cabinet will extend the most favoured-nation treatment principle to all CARICOM citizens as a matter of urgency.
Article 8 of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas states: "Subject to the provisions of this Treaty, each Member State shall, with respect to any rights covered by this Treaty, accord to another Member State treatment no less favourable than that accorded to:
(a) a third Member State; or
(b) third States."
Opposition Member of Parliament, Rodney Charles is questioning the absence of Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley at a meeting between Caricom Heads and UK Prime Minister Theresa May.
The meeting was held in London on Tuesday.
Charles issued the following statement on Wednesday:
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has left the country to attend the 29th Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference Heads of Government of CARICOM in Haiti.
The meeting will be held from February 26th to 27th in Port-au-Prince.
Dr Rowley left the country on Sunday to attend the conference.
Minister of Finance the Honourable Colm Imbert will act as Prime Minister for the period that Dr Rowley is out of the country.
The prime minister is expected to return to Trinidad and Tobago on Wednesday.