Social activist and attorney-at-law David Comissiong has been appointed advisor to Prime Minister Mia Mottley on Caribbean Community (CARICOM) affairs.
Comissiong confirmed to Barbados TODAY tonight that he would accompany Mottley to the 39th CARICOM Heads of Government Conference in Montego Bay, Jamaica, from Wednesday, July 4 to Friday, July 6.
“The most I can confirm is that I will be attending the Heads of Government summit in Jamaica as advisor to the Prime Minister in CARICOM affairs,” he said.
Comissiong has been a prominent advocate for Caribbean integration, particularly in seeking to bring Spanish-speaking hemispheric nations such as Cuba and Venezuela closer to the English-speaking Caribbean states.
This will be Mottley’s first CARICOM meeting as Prime Minister, and as a newly elected leader she will deliver one of the keynote addresses at the opening ceremony, which gets under way on Wednesday, July 4 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.
It has also emerged that non-national Charles Jong is being appointed Government’s communications boss, with a release today from the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS) stating that he will also accompany Mottley to the conference in his role as director of communications designate.
The little-known Jong may be a stranger to the Barbadian electorate, but his LinkedIn profile states he has 14 years of experience “on a significant number of election campaigns in the English speaking Caribbean”, including Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, the Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts, Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and St Lucia.
According to the LinkedIn profile, he currently works as a marketing and communications strategist with the Barbados Labour Party and the government of Dominica.
Other members of the Barbados delegation to the CARICOM summit, according to the BGIS, include Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Dr Jerome Walcott and his Permanent Secretary Simone Rudder, Director of Finance and Economic Affairs Ian Carrington, Chief Research Officer Paula Byer, the Prime Minister’s Personal Executive Aide Jessica Odle-Baril, and Foreign Service Officer Sandra Gittens.