Commonwealth Secretary-General joins Caribbean leaders for regional meeting in Guyana

Commonwealth Secretary-General, Rt Hon Patricia Scotland

A team from the Commonwealth Secretariat, led by the Secretary-General, the Rt Hon Patricia Scotland KC, is in Guyana for the 46th Regular Meeting of the Conference of CARICOM Heads of Government. This is part of a series of regional meetings that she is attending in preparation for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting later this year.

Among the issues to be discussed at the four-day CARICOM meeting are climate resilience, regional security, energy as well as nutrition and food security. In Guyana, the Secretary-General will engage with Caribbean leaders directly and as a group. The Commonwealth Secretariat team will also update the leaders on upcoming ministerial meetings, special Commonwealth events, and possible areas of assistance and collaboration.

There are three significant Commonwealth milestones this year. On 11 March 2024, Commonwealth Day will be celebrated, while in April, the Secretariat will start the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the London Declaration that gave birth to the modern Commonwealth. In October, the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) will be held in Samoa. It will be the first time that CHOGM will be held in a Pacific small island developing state.

Reflecting on the close relationship with CARICOM, the Commonwealth Secretary-General said:

“As a Caribbean person, every one of these meetings are like coming home to family. In particular, I am happy to be back in Guyana to attend this important summit. I look forward to rich discussions, hearing about areas of concern, and learning about recent successes. For us at the Secretariat, CARICOM is a strong and treasured partner.”

She also thanked HE Dr Mohamed Irfaan Ali, Guyana’s President, and the CARICOM Secretary-General, Dr Carla Barnett, for the opportunity to attend the meeting.

The Commonwealth Secretary-General added that it was an essential part of her role to be cognisant of the issues of the member states and to maintain close ties in order to fully support the work done on behalf of countries. Commenting on the upcoming Commonwealth summit in Samoa, she said:

“In October, we go to CHOGM as a united and committed collective. As we represent the views and carry out the directives of our member states, we are bound to listen to their concerns and visions for the future.”

The CARICOM meeting will begin on Sunday, 25 February 2024 and close on the 28th. Twelve of the CARICOM member states are part of the 56 member countries of the Commonwealth. Earlier in February, she also participated in the 37th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU).

Immediately following the CARICOM meeting, the Secretary-General will travel to Zanzibar for the biennial Commonwealth Law Ministers Meeting (CLMM), from 4 to 8 March 2024. Hosted by the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, the meeting will focus on the theme ‘Technology and Innovation: How digitalisation paves the way for the development of people-centred access to justice’.

The Commonwealth Secretary-General will also be in the Caribbean in April for the 35th Caribbean Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors’ (CARAIFA) conference in her home country of Dominica and the 4th International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS4) in Antigua and Barbuda in May.

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  1. JAH KAL
    February 28, 2024

    Sousa sel ( karma) i hope you tell skerrit is his time now to sousa sel he will be at the meeting in guyana flies together is a mess but bees together make honey.

  2. Just Asking
    February 27, 2024

    It shows that England didn’t give you independence. They had you sign on to their commonwealth, now placed one of you at the helm just like even the WTO.
    Same as France that had 14 West African countries that they divided sign on to their CFA for continued colonization, complete with a “special” French exploitative currency – the CFA franc. That cfa allowed France all resources, discovered or yet to be discovered; free uranium for their electricity – 280euro per kg they only pay 80cents over 60+ years now. Back then they burned down 3 cities of Guinea, Mali and Niger/Algeria that did not agree just to send a signal to the others. Still wonder why they give us aid pretending they get nothing out of it, even though they flood your store-shelves that they require you to keep open, while you complain about your food import bill?

  3. Ibo France
    February 26, 2024

    All this lady tries to do is to grab the spotlight at high profile meetings. Can someone challenge this statement? What has she orchestrated to significantly elevate or improve the lies of the people of the Commonwealth?

    The lady craves for attention. In order to get the attention she so hankers for she needs to transform her flowery words to action. The lady has reduced herself to just a well adorned ornament.

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    • Gary
      February 27, 2024

      Lol, you should be the last person to accuse people of grabbing the spotlight, actions speak louder than words, everything you say about people always points back to you, you are such a joker. The world of affairs does not resolve around your silly tunnel vision motivated by your fanatical behavior. Do you know how arrogant you sound asking, Can someone challenge this statement? Wow, what is there to challenge in the first place, your political
      rhetoric, lol.

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    • Gary
      February 27, 2024
      Hot debate. What do you think? Thumb up 2 Thumb down 6
  4. Trashy
    February 26, 2024

    No relevance at all. Seeing some people’s faces is indicative of having a bad dream which ruined your entire day. Her salt has lost its savoy. Go away, lady!

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