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Dominican Republic Could Become 16th Member Of CARICOM

CaribWorldNews, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Weds. May 13, 2009: The Dominican Republic could become the newest members of the Caribbean Community, CARICOM.

The Caribbean nation has reportedly resubmitted its application to join the 15-member grouping, Jamaica’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Kenneth Baugh, was quoted by Caribbean 360 as saying last weekend.

`They have renewed their application so this is now under consideration. We are looking at the details of the implications of that in terms of what it means for training, our economies and other kinds of relationship within the context of them being a member of CARICOM,` he said at a press conference on Saturday, at the end of the two-day 12th CARICOM Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR).

The application request could make the agenda of the CARICOM summit this July in Guyana.
The DR is already a part of CARIFORUM, which recently signed an Economic Partnership Agreement with Europe.