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
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.