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PM off to CARICOM Heads of Govt Meeting

Tuesday, July 01, 2014    

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Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller will lead Jamaica's delegation to the 35th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) being held in St John's, Antigua and Barbuda from July 1-4. The delegation left Jamaica will travel to Antigua and Barbuda today.

The Meeting of CARICOM Heads, which will be chaired by the new prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne, will consider a range of issues including a report of the CARICOM Commission on the Economy, and the status of negotiations for a CARICOM-Canada Trade and Development Agreement. In addition, several business leaders from, and operating in CARICOM member countries will discuss with the Heads of Government economic priorities for the region.

Discussions will also be held with the Prime Minister of Spain Mariano Rajoy Brey on issues including advancing technical cooperation with the CARICOM region. Heads of Government will also hold talks with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba Bruno Rodrigues Parilla on CARICOM-Cuba relations and preparations for the fifth CARICOM-Cuba Summit to be held in Havana, Cuba on December 8, 2014.

Other agenda items for discussions and decision include the operations of the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS); the terms of reference of the Regional Commission on Marijuana; continued access of students of the University of Guyana to the Council of Legal Education Law Schools; approval of a strategic plan for the Caribbean Community; the region's position on climate change and preparations for the High Level Meeting on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to be held in Samoa in September 2014; and a report from the Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV/AIDS (PANCAP) on actions to address and control HIV/AIDS in the region.

Following the meeting in Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Simpson Miller will return to Jamaica on Saturday. Other members of Jamaica's delegation to the 35th Meeting of CARICOM Heads include Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade AJ Nicholson and Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister Onika Miller. While Prime Minister Simpson Miller is in Antigua and Barbuda representing Jamaica, Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Robert Pickersgill will be in charge of the Government.

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