Barbados Prime Minister, the Hon. Mia Mottley, is calling for a Caribbean Marshall Plan and for reparations to address “the economic decline” that the Region will face as it confronts the negative impact of the pandemic and the inherent social and economic inequalities that continue to hinder its development.
The Prime Minister was referring to the US-funded economic recovery plan for the Western European nations that were devastated in the second World War. The initiative was named after George Marshall, who was the US Secretary of State at the time.
“I do believe we must make the argument that a combination of the validity of the reparations argument, the evidence that clearly shows there was no bank account left with us at the point of independence, there was no development compact and, yet, there is a legitimate expectation by our people that independent governments would right the wrongs of the past and would do so quickly by giving people opportunity in this part of the world,” she said.