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Minister Elrington leads delegation to 28th sessional meeting of Heads of Government in Guyana

Posted: Thursday, February 16, 2017. 9:18 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff:  The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington is leading a Belizean delegation to Guyana to attend the 28th Inter-sessional of the CARICOM Conference of Heads of Government.

The Meeting of the Conference of the Heads of Government will be hosted at the Marriott Hotel in Georgetown, Guyana starting today, February 16th to February 17th, 2017, where regional leaders are expected to discuss a wide range of issues critical to development in the region. Topics include Correspondent Banking, Tourism in the Region, the status of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), Crime, and Security.

The regional leaders are also expected to ratify decisions arising from the 37th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM.

Issues relating to regional security, including border disputes between Belize and Guatemala and Guyana and Venezuela, will be discussed during closed-door sessions.

Members of the Belize delegation include Special Envoy for Women and Children Kim Simplis Barrow, CEO in the Ministry of Human Development  Judith Alpuche, Belize’s CARICOM Ambassador H.E. Daniel Gutierez, and Director of International Cooperation in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,  Orla Kantun Coleman.

Barrow will participate in the Every Caribbean Woman, Every Caribbean Child Initiative (ECWECC), a two-day forum for CARICOM First Ladies and Spouses.

The initiative, which evolved from the United Nations’ Every Woman, Every Child Initiative launched in 2014, focuses on four priority issues: teenage pregnancy, violence against women and children (including trafficking in persons); cervical cancer and mother to child transmission of HIV in the Caribbean.

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