Thursday 20 February, 2020

Rowley heads to Barbados

File photo.

File photo.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has left for Barbados, where he will attend the 31st Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community.

Minister of Finance Colm Imbert will act as Prime Minister until Dr Rowley returns.

The CARICOM Heads of Government meeting is carded for February 18-19 and will be held at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Two Mile Hill, St. Michael, Barbados.

While in Barbados, Dr Rowley is expected to meet with the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau.

According to a statement from the Government of Canada, Trudeau’s participation in the meeting is meant build even stronger ties with the Caribbean region.

The statement noted that the Caribbean region and Caribbean states are important political, economic and cultural partners of Canada, and the visit will serve as an opportunity to further strengthen its partnership with this regional grouping of 20 Caribbean member states and Associate Members, and nearly 20 million people.

Prime Minister Trudeau will discuss challenges of mutual interest, including protecting oceans and the environment in the fight against climate change, as well as creating good jobs for the middle class and sustainable economic growth.

On the agenda of the two-day summit is the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME); the Report on the Commission on the Economy; Engagement with the private sector, labour and civil society; CARICOM Advocacy Against Blacklisting, De-Risking and Withdrawal of Correspondent Banking; and Supporting CARICOM Resilience and  – Update on Matters of Importance for Science and Technology.

They will also examine the recommendations from the 25th Meeting of the Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on External Negotiations.

In caucus, CARICOM Heads of Government will try to find consensus on security matters and border issues between Belize and Guatemala, and Guyana and Venezuela. 

The Intersessional summit will close with the ratification of a number of decisions made at the two-day caucus, the adoption of the Communiqué, and setting the date for the 41st Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government in July in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

CARICOM has 15 member states – Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Guyana, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.

Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands are associate members.

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