Prime Minister Freundel Stuart travelled to Port-au Prince, Haiti yesterday to attend the Twenty-Ninth Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), being held in the French-speaking member state.
The summit opens tomorrow at the Marriott Hotel and will end on Tuesday.
The Prime Minister is leading a five-member delegation which includes Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Maxine McClean and her Permanent Secretary Cecile Humphrey; Barbados’ Ambassador to CARICOM Veronica Griffith; Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office Ruth Blackman and Chief Research Officer Paula Byer.
During the two-day meeting the regional leaders will examine the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), particularly administrative requirements in the skills certification process as it relates to the requirements for a Police Certificate of Character.
They will also look at procedures which member states would adopt in relation to the refusal of entry of CARICOM nationals and foreign exchange difficulties affecting trade between member states.
Against the backdrop of last year’s devastating hurricane season, significant attention will be placed on finding solutions to disaster management and recovery.
Other issues include crime and violence, counter terrorism, long-standing concerns relating to Colonial Life Insurance Company Ltd. (CLICO) and British American Insurance Company (BAICO); air transportation; tourism, blacklisting and de-risking; West Indies cricket; border issues between Belize and Guatemala, as well as Guyana and Venezuela will also be discussed.
Minister of Tourism and International Transport Richard Sealy, will act as Prime Minister during Mr. Stuart’s absence.]]>