Prime Minister Freundel Stuart arrived in Havana, Cuba, yesterday to participate in the
Second Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Community of Latin American
and Caribbean States (CELAC).
The Barbados delegation attending the Summit includes Minister of Foreign Affairs and
Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean and her Permanent Secretary, Charles Burnett;
Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office, Sonja Welch; and the Chargé d’Affaires
at the Embassy of Barbados in Cuba, Donna Forde.
The Prime Minister and his Latin American and Caribbean counterparts are expected to
engage in discussions about priority matters impacting the region and approve a CELAC Action
Plan for 2014.
The action plan will include a number of initiatives consistent with the priorities established
at previous Summits along with new areas. It will identify instruments and activities which, if
properly implemented, should lead to concrete results guaranteeing ownership and capacity
building in areas such as science, research, innovation and technology; sustainable development;
environment; climate change; biodiversity; energy; regional integration and interconnectivity
to promote social inclusion and cohesion; migration; education and employment to promote
social inclusion and cohesion; the world drug problem; gender; and, investments and
entrepreneurship for sustainable development.
Additionally, several special communiqués and other declarations will be discussed. These
include communiqués on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the Issue of Reparations for
Native Genocide and Slavery and the Matter of the Graduation from Low-Income to Middle
Income Status: Challenges of Small, Highly–Indebted Middle-Income Countries of Latin America
and the Caribbean. These initiatives are being proposed by CARICOM States.
The presidency pro tempore of CELAC will pass from Cuba to Costa Rica for 2014 to be
followed by Ecuador, which will assume the responsibility in 2015 until January 2016. (BGIS)