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Prime Minister Bruce Golding begins his busy schedule as Chairman of CARICOM with a series of bilateral meetings scheduled for today (July 3) at the Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay.

Mr. Golding is slated to hold bilateral meetings with the Commonwealth Deputy Secretary General, Ambassador Ransford Smith, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Kamla Persad-Bissessar and Director General in the Office of Trade Negotiations within the CARICOM Secretariat, Gail Mathurin.
Prime Minister Golding’s Chairmanship of CARICOM was agreed on by the member nations, as Haiti is unable to assume its turn following the devastating earthquake in January. The CARICOM business sessions resume early Sunday morning with a bureau meeting followed by the 21st meeting of the Prime Ministerial sub-committee on External Trade negotiations. The official opening ceremony will take place on Sunday afternoon at 5:00pm at the Half Moon Hotel.
The 31st regular meeting of the conference of heads of government of CARICOM will discuss a number of important topics which will include, CARICOM in the contemporary world; Progress in the Implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy; Update on External Trade Negotiations; The region’s recovery process in light of the Global Economic and Financial Crisis; Haiti’s Recovery and Development; Crime and Security in the Community; and Climate Change Priorities for the region.