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Estonia president for Caricom summit

Friday, February 22, 2019

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BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) – President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid will be the special guest at the two-day Caribbean Community (Caricom) Intersessional summit to be held here later this month.

Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris, who is also the Caricom chairman, told Parliament that apart from Kaljulaid, a number of diplomatic representatives have taken the opportunity to meet with regional leaders and that Australia's High Commissioner John Pilbeam and his New Zealand counterpart, Anton Ojala, have already confirmed their arrival for the February 26-27 meeting.

Harris said that to date, more than 150 delegates have registered for the two-day meeting with all 15 member countries and associate member States being represented.

He told legislators that prior to the meeting, the leaders of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States will meet with the secretary general of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Dr Mukhisa Kituyi on February 25.

The UN official will also meet with Caricom leaders.

“Several signing ceremonies will take place during same period impacting upon health and financing. The heads will also engage with members of the regional private sector, especially on the subject of regional transportation,” Harris said.

The meeting here is, however, likely to be overshadowed by developments in Venezuela where Caricom is playing a leading role in trying to get the various factions in the South American country to the negotiating table.


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