In the forty years since its birth, the Caribbean integration movement has today reached its limits. Consequently, there is an urgent need to respond to the current realities and the emerging global trends which require greater engagement from the public, students, academics and policy-makers in moving CARICOM towards a new trajectory of Caribbean convergence.
In this chapter, we try to provide a roadmap towards the new trajectory of Caribbean convergence. A new trajectory should be sensitive to current and emerging regional and global trends, and, out of necessity, we begin by identifying the emerging international political and economic trends in Section 2 that provide a backdrop against which the discussion on Caribbean convergence is squarely placed. Against this backdrop, Section 3 discusses the need for a new strategy of convergence. Sections 4 and 5 provide the conceptual framework of Caribbean convergence. Sections 6 through 8 spell out the pillars, strategies and delivery mechanisms of Caribbean convergence. Section 9 highlights the role of Trinidad and Tobago in this process. Section 10 concludes by pointing out the urgent need for a regional synergy of economic logic and political logic.