The CARICOM working sessions resumed this morning at the Rose Hall Hotel in Montego Bay, with Prime Minister Bruce Golding chairing the 21st meeting of the Prime Ministerial sub-committee on External Trade Negotiations.
The meeting is discussing, among other things, the Canada-CARICOM negotiations for a trade and development agreement, and the CARIFORUM/EU Economic Partnership Agreement. The Heads will also exchange views on the implications for CARICOM’s continued participation in free trade negotiations in the current economic crisis.
This afternoon, Prime Minister Golding, the new Chairman of CARICOM, will address the official opening ceremony, which starts at 5 pm at the Half Moon Hotel. The ceremony will also hear from United Nations’ Secretary General Ban Ki-moon; outgoing Chairman of CARICOM, Prime Minister of Dominica, Hon Roosevelt Skerrit; Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Hon Denzil Douglas; and Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Hon Kamla Persad Bissessar.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Dr. the Hon Kenneth Baugh, (centre) speaking with Minister of Trade and Industry for Trinidad and Tobago, Hon Stephen Cadiz, (right), while Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guyana, Hon Carolyn Rodriques-Birkett looks on at left. They were preparing for the start of the 21st. meeting of the Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on External Trade Negotiations at the Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay, as leaders assembling for the 31st Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in Montego Bay, July 4-7.
CARICOM will also confer honours on three Jamaican institutions for their outstanding response to the Haiti earthquake disaster of January 2010.
The Heads of Government meeting will continue until July 7.