CARICOM’s role in shaping and sustaining the region has been lauded with the unveiling of six wax figures of eminent Caribbean people on Saturday during a special ceremony to mark CARICOM Day, at the Caribbean Wax Museum in Norman Centre, Bridgetown, Barbados.
The figures were of Barbados’ first female governor-general, Dame Nita Barrow; winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in economics, Sir Arthur Lewis of St. Lucia; St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ national hero, Joseph Chatoyer; Jamaican Olympic sprinter, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce; former Commonwealth secretary-general,  Sir Shridath Ramphal of Guyana; and Calypso Rose of Trinidad and Tobago.
In his remarks at the unveiling ceremony, David Comissiong, Barbados’ Ambassador to CARICOM,  described the exhibition as one of “the most unique CARICOM Day celebrations there has ever been, ” adding, “I don’t know if any member state  has ever celebrated CARICOM  Day with a wax statue  exhibition.”
Giving his perspective of what was needed for the region’s growth, he said, “The future of CARICOM and our regional integration movement really belongs to our young people. It is very important that we celebrate CARICOM at this time. If we ever wondered whether the Caribbean people needed CARICOM, then we should have no doubt whatsoever after the events of the past year and a half.
“In fact, now more than ever do we need our Caribbean integration movement. It seems that we are receiving challenge after challenge…. The public health crisis of COVID 19; the economic crisis that it has brought, then recently we were faced with the [ash fall from the La] Soufriere volcano in St was hit by this freak storm, and then just yesterday (Friday), Hurricane Elsa.”

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