Trade ministers from regional grouping, Caricom, have reiterated the community's support for the rules-based, multilateral trading system, embodied in the World Trade Organisation.
They met in Guyana last week for the 47th meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development, or Co-TED.
That meeting was chaired by Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Trade, Sandra Husbands.
In a statement released by the Caricom secretariat, the ministers viewed with great concern the growing threats to the multilateral trading system.
Minister Husbands says the free movement of skills featured prominently in talks.
She was a guest on CBC TV8's programme, Mornin' Barbados.
Minister Husbands says the average citizen must understand the importance of Caricom and Co-TED.
And Barbados Ambassador to Caricom, David Comissiong says the implementation of the Caricom Single Market and Economy remains a key focus for regional leaders as timelines set draw near.
Ambassador Comissiong sought to calm concerns with respect to full integration of Haiti into the CSME.