Caribbean local govt ministers meet in The Bahamas

Monday, September 01, 2014

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NASSAU, Bahamas, CMC - Local government ministers from the Caribbean met over the weekend to finalise the agreement of the Caribbean Forum of Local Government Ministers (CFLGM).


CFLGM's eighth general meeting also discussed the Regional Policy and Cooperation Framework (RPCF) as well as securing recognition by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).


CFLGM has set 2014 as the deadline for signing off on the RPCF by member states. So far the Bahamas, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, St Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, and St Vincent and the Grenadines have endorsed the RPCF.


Bahamas Local Government Minister Alfred Gray said the meeting also sought to set the stage for carrying out the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as well as having CARICOM leaders sanction the recommendations "to advance and approve the Millennium goals in 2015.


"I believe it is very true to say that regional bodies such as the Caribbean conference and the international conferences of local government, their efforts seem to work together to ensure that every country in the Caribbean is on the same page when it comes to deepening democracy and advancing the cause of local governments throughout the world," Gray said.


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