PM heads delegation to CARICOM meeting

The prime minister will be in Antigua for the CARICOM Heads meeting
The prime minister will be in Antigua for the CARICOM Heads meeting

Prime Minister and Minister for Finance and Foreign Affairs, Roosevelt Skerrit, is heading a high-level delegation to the 35th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean community, CARICOM, taking place in Antigua and Barbuda.

The delegation includes Minister for Employment, Trade, Industry and Diaspora Affairs, Honourable Dr John Collin McIntyre and Ambassador to CARICOM and the OECS, Felix Gregoire.

The first strategic plan for the Caribbean Community for the period 2015 to 2019 will be among major items for consideration by regional leaders. The five year Strategic Plan is the product of wide public consultation across the Caribbean Community, and seeks to reposition CARICOM to better secure its future in a rapidly changing environment. The Heads will seek to reach an agreement on top priority areas for attention over the five year period of the plan and the arrangements to ensure its proper
implementation.

A Commission on the Economy will also report to the Heads on its work on a number of initiatives including; formulating a fiscal sustainability programme, reviewing the region’s business operating environment with a view towards improving its Doing Business Indicators, and the design of regional programmes to assist in alleviating some of the constraints to growth in the Member States.

Also on the agenda will be key issues for CARICOM related to the upcoming third International Meeting of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Samoa, from September 1 to 4 2014, the UN Climate Change Summit later that month, and the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

At the opening ceremony held on Tuesday July 1, 2014, the new CARICOM song produced by Dominica’s Michelle Henderson was presented to the public. The song dubbed “Celebrating CARICOM” was selected from 63 submissions from the 15 member states.

The 35th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM is chaired by newly elected Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, the Honourable Gaston Browne.

Immediately following the Heads of Government meeting Prime Minister Skerrit will attend the 5th CARICOM – Spain Summit.

Prime Minister of Spain, Mariano Rajoy Brey, will be in attendance.

Minister for Lands, Housing, Settlements and Water Resource Managemenment Honourable Reginald Austrie will act as Prime Minister while Prime Minister Skerrit is out of state.

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12 Comments

  1. Wt Control
    July 3, 2014

    Some leaders seem to be like the African leaders who move from bread butter and bush tea to steak/bacon and champagn diets for breakfast upon taking power .They move from 110 lbs to 240 in no time.
    The proof is in the before & after photos.
    Somebody needs a weight reduction program and a dietician.

  2. CYRIL LLONGTING
    July 2, 2014

    Following months of speculation, Jamaica’s Justice Minister Mark Golding announced that Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and her cabinet have approved changes to the Dangerous Drugs Act, decriminalizing “small quantities of ganja for personal use” on June 15.

    Under the amended law, possession of up to 57 grams (two ounces) would become an infraction, resulting only in a fine. Failure to pay the fine within 30 days would be a minor offense, punishable by a court order of community service. “Too many of our young people have ended up with criminal convictions after being caught with a spliff, something that has affected their ability to do things like get jobs and get visas to travel overseas,” Golding said in his statement.

    Hearteningly, the law would be retroactive, with a measure to expunge the criminal records of those convicted of personal possession. Another proposed measure would decriminalize ganja possession for religious or therapeutic purposes — leaving unclear what the permissible quantity would be in such cases. The cabinet is expected to submit the proposed changes to parliament in the coming weeks.

    PM Skerro, what you say to putting this on de agenda, and 6 months plan, for DA.

    Yahmun

  3. There you have it
    July 2, 2014

    “Prime Minister and Minister for Finance and Foreign Affairs,”

    Amazing that the PM holds three (3) portfolios. Are the other DLP representatives so incapable?

    • dyslexic
      July 3, 2014

      Minister of labour too. God forbide but if something happens to PM and he becomes incapacitated, would country be left disray. These all very key ministries to head by one man.

  4. Views Expressed
    July 2, 2014

    “The first strategic plan for the Caribbean Community for the period 2015 to 2019 will be among major items for consideration by regional leaders……..”

    Ohhhhh, Really…….we do not even operate here on a strategic Plan let alone effective advisors and all you have Skerrit to be part of five year ¬Strategic Plan”…all yo kidding me. That is not how Skerrit operates, tomorrow will take care of itself let alone for five (5) ,,,God Help Us..!!!!

    Skerrit should come home tomorrow

  5. MAMIE
    July 2, 2014

    Skerrit himself is a delegation with all these ministries he holds. No need for excess baggage

  6. Anonymous
    July 2, 2014

    The Caricom Heads of Govt. meeting takes place at the Sandals Hotel Dickenson Bay in Antigua from 1 -4 July. The P.M. of Jamaica is scheduled to return to her country on Sat. 5 July and so should Roosevelt Skerrit.
    In light of the CELAC debacle I wonder how he will handle his attendance at the Caricom-Cuba summit , scheduled for 8 Dec. of this year.

    • July 2, 2014

      Ask Skerrit about his agenda and his plans yourself since u know so much and u are so curious.

      • JoJo
        July 2, 2014

        OK partner but remember he is P.M. 24/7, maybe not our choice but certainly his!

  7. Help
    July 2, 2014

    I hope that the entourage includes a speech editor as this will eliminate embarrassing mishaps.

    • Speech writer???
      July 3, 2014

      De’ja; vu all over again! hahahahaahaha
      They keep electing him over and over again he must be doing something right or the people on medica l& non medical marijuana.
      I just don’t get it. or maybe I do and like the rest of us don’t care doh wanna rock the boat or stop the gravy train. When you profiting from a friend ,boy, girlfriend , cousin ,uncle,nenen, pawentc etc , buddy partner in crime,sister brother who is a passport agent, on 5 boards , has a business which is a front. who cares? once your funds coming in weekly daily every other day ,life becomes a dream more so if you on non-medical cannabis mixed with scotch or Hennesey nothing matters to you.It’s just another of those days in paradise, a counoomoonnoo .Who cares who is in power if your leader is educated studiated can hold his her own in a debate or not these academic things are things of the past to the ignorant. What speech writer? You think they care? If the partner is yet to show his salt after 14 yrs in office in a debate you think its gonna happen? Don’t hold your breath we might just “toofer”.
      They have some supporters and henchmen with accreditation who chat phat every morning 5 days a week who cannot chat so you think the partner going to make a fool of self?
      Wait for the debate and speech writer lol!

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