Exploiting the Advantages and Overcoming the DisadvantagesRegional Integration is our Best AlternativeWhy did the West Indian Federation fail?
Many responses have been proffered to this much deliberated question and I wish to submit my own view on the issue albeit without possibility for resolution. While the notions expressed by the many commentators are germane to the issue, in my view, the principle reason for the failure of the West Indian Federation was that the Federation remained at that time optional as a mechanism for ensuring the advancement and survival of its constituents. A situation, which I dare say, has changed, due to recent developments affecting global trade. At that time, constituents were not pursuing nor were there significant pressure to pursue a common regional trade, economic and development agenda. Principally, there was there no commitment among its constituents to refrain from adopting actions, policies and positions that would undermine or derail the objectives of the Federation. Changes in the global trade environment now dictate regional integration as a critical mechanism for ensuring the survival of its constituents. In the absence of such or similar alliance, the economic viability of that constituent is significantly threatened.
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