CARICOM Heads of Government to address key development issues at their upcoming meeting

Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government have the COVID-19 pandemic and the Region’s response high on the agenda for their 42nd Regular Meeting to he held online on the 5-6 July 2021. The impact of recent natural disasters, including the eruption of La Soufriere volcano in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and the widespread flooding in Guyana and Suriname will also be examined.  They are also expected to receive updates on Hurricane Elsa’s passage through several Member States.

The Meeting will address several critical economic development matters including prioritizing regional food production and food security; the removal of regional roaming charges to help enhance the ICT sector; the push towards a common CARICOM Tourism policy; and revival of regional air transportation, post covid.  It will also examine ongoing issues related to tax transparency, black listing and de-risking.

The Heads of Government will also examine issues impacting the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), and will engage representatives of the regional Private Sector, Labour and Civil Society.  Community and international relations, and crime and security issues are also before the meeting.

The two-day Meeting will be chaired by incoming CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda, who will address the Opening Session on Monday 5 July at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Caribbean Time.  The Opening will also hear remarks from outgoing Chairman of CARICOM Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley of Trinidad and Tobago and CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque.

The Opening Session will be livestreamed on the CARICOM Face Book page – https://www.facebook.com/caricom.org and the CARICOM You Tube Channel – https://www.youtube.com/c/caricomorg

The Chairman will host an end-of-meeting Press Conference on Tuesday afternoon which will also be livestreamed on these two platforms.

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10 Comments

  1. Carish...t
    July 5, 2021

    CARICOM is one of the worst things that have ever happened to the Caribbean, and especially Dominica. I keep saying that over and over again. It’s time obliterate this evil system. It’s like a devilish “brotherhood” or a cult. It’s very secretive.

    • Flat Earth
      July 6, 2021

      They are trash all these so called heads…just reeling in cash and making stricter laws for the masses to follow. Humanity has given these usless governments too much power over them…putting them under house arrest and scaring them with their police if they go outside…

  2. Man bites dogs
    July 5, 2021

    This guy Ibo, has always reminded me when I was a kid out of town on holidays me and the boys use to roll down an empty steel drum with stones down the hill and the noise was deafening well that’s Ibo France!

    • No fan of Ibo
      July 7, 2021

      I wouldn’t write that if I were you, there’s much higher intelligence in >99% of kids. :wink:

  3. Marlon
    July 5, 2021

    All you not forget to ask the moustache man from Antigua and the dictator from Dominica about the Choksi affair. If you want the rest of the world to respect your organisation you better act like honourable statesman and not like something the cat just dragged in. Respect has to be earned, respect can’t be paid for!

  4. If we knew better
    July 5, 2021

    I hope mehul choksi is one matter that is brought up and the 2 leaders get reprimanded by the others for being so foolish and careless in their back door operations.

    • Ricky
      July 7, 2021

      Whishful thinking, my friend. This is a pack of hyenas that doesn’t bite each other. The present government of DA operates in the same way.

  5. Jonathan Y St Jean
    July 5, 2021

    The world’s greatest talking shop.

  6. July 4, 2021

    I hope CARICOM heads of Governments get to their senses and realize that the bigger countries are using our small island states as bait. They are just using our Governments to push their COVID 19 and Vaccine agendas, but have no interest in the development of our people.

  7. Ibo France
    July 3, 2021

    This present concoction of CARICOM heads of government is solely obsessed with clinging on to power to feather their individual nest. Truth be told, they are most insular, roguish, deceitful, egotistical and uncaring.

    What good has ever emerged from these meetings? They sign agreements with no intention of honoring any.

    What the Caribbean region needs more than ever at this time are transformative and visionary leadership; a solemn commitment to the rule of law; the total eradication of corruption; incorruptible electoral systems; economic polities that uplift all and not only the ruling class and the politically well connected.

    I wish these men could have an overnight epiphany going into this meeting and give their people reasons to replace frowns with smiles.

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