Prime Minister Freundel Stuart will be among three regional leaders who will address the summit of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders and United States President Barack Obama later this week.
The leaders will meet with Obama on Thursday, and Stuart will speak on and Competitiveness/Prosperity, while his Dominican counterpart Roosevelt Skerrit and Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar will speak on the topics Renewable Energy and Security respectively.
Obama will arrive in Kingston tomorrow for his two-day visit and will also hold bilateral talks with host Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller.
The summit is one of two high-level meetings Stuart will attend this week.
The Prime Minister will fly to Panama once the Jamaica meeting is over to participate in the Seventh Summit of the Americas in Panama on Friday and Saturday, which has as its theme Prosperity with Equity: The Challenge of Cooperation in the Americas.
Several sub-themes will be discussed during this meeting, among them education, health, energy, environment, migration, security, citizen participation and democratic governance.
There will be youth, civil society and business fora during the event.
The summit, which is held every three years, will be marked by the attendance and participation of Cuba for the first time.
Describing his upcoming three-day working visit to Panama as “significant”, Stuart said Barbados was interested in deepening relations with Panama.
“We want to strengthen our relationship, not only for historical reasons and the Diaspora connection, but we see potential for cooperation in several areas, including trade, tourism, international business, air services and culture,” he said.
During the visit, his first to Panama, he will meet with Panamanians of Barbadian descent, government officials and key contacts in the private sector, and lay the foundation for the exchange of official visits between the two countries at a later date.
Accompanying Prime Minister Stuart to the meetings will be Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Maxine McClean and Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office Sonja Welch.