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Cabinet has received reports on the 20th Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the 5th Summit of the Americas, from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.
The 20th Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community, held in Belize, March 12-13, included discussions on the global economic crisis, sustainable development, external trade negotiations and crime and security.
Speaking at the weekly Post Cabinet media briefing at Jamaica House earlier this week, Minister with responsibility for Information and Telecommunications, Hon. Daryl Vaz, outlined some of the outcomes of the meeting.
These included agreements by the Heads on the desirability of working towards the establishment of a regional airline to operate on a commercial basis, and that, given the current global challenges, a revision of the contribution formula was timely. The CARICOM Secretariat agreed to undertake the necessary review, in particular to update the statistical basis used for assessing the contribution formula for presentation in July.
Jamaica and the Dominican Republic held a bilateral meeting on the margins of the Conference, during which they discussed issues such as CARICOM-DR relations, developments in the CARIFORUM-EU relations, DR-Haiti relations, as well as the possibility of strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries.
The 5th Summit of the Americas, held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, April 17 to 19, produced the Declaration of Commitment of Port of Spain.
The Declaration drew attention to the renewed spirit of co-operation, integration and solidarity among the countries in the hemisphere, and proposed a firm commitment to protect and promote political and civil liberties and improve the social, economic and cultural well-being of all the peoples, by advancing joint solutions to the most pressing challenges facing the hemisphere.
The Summit was held under the theme, “Securing Our Citizens’ Future by Promoting Human Prosperity, Energy Security and Environmental Sustainability”.
In addition a CARICOM/USA meeting was held during the period of the Summit which resulted in an agreement for a CARICOM/USA Summit in the second half of 2009.