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CARICOM celebrates 45th Anniversary with Heads of Government meeting

Posted: Wednesday, July 4, 2018. 10:00 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is celebrating the 45th anniversary of its founding today.

CARICOM is celebrating the anniversary with the hosting of the 39th regular meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community.

The event will take place at the Convention Centre, Montego Bay, Jamaica.

It commences today and goes through to July 6, 2018.

The meeting will be carried out under the Chairmanship of the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness.

CARICOM today also welcomes its newest members, the Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley who was elected to office following the country’s May 24 general elections.

The conference will also welcome back Prime Ministers  Keith Mitchell of Grenada and  Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda, who were re-elected to office in general elections held on March 13 and 21respectively.

Among the many issues to be discussed is the measures impacting the implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME),  Crime and Security in the Region, building post-hurricane disaster resilience, and emerging geo-political developments which can have an impact on the region’s growth prospects. They will also receive and discuss the final report on the CARICOM Commission on Marijuana.

The Heads of Government will meet with the President of Chile, HE Sebastían Piñera Echenique. Areas of common interest include disaster management, climate change, and sustainable use of oceans.

The new president of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez will also be at the CARICOM meeting. This will be the first opportunity for CARICOM as a collective to engage their Cuban counterpart on CARICOM-Cuba relations and on issues of mutual importance.

Ministers responsible for disaster management and recovery will meet on Wednesday to examine issues emerging from the 2017 Hurricane season. This meeting of the CDEMA Ministerial Council will also consider the pathway towards resilience within the CARICOM Region.

The Heads of Government will consider recommendations coming from these deliberations as the region seeks to build disaster resilience.

Heads of all fifteen Member States of CARICOM are expected to attend the 4-6 July Meeting.

The five associate members will also be represented.

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