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  • Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, signed a joint communiqué with Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. the Hon. Keith Rowley, on July 21, which details the result of bilateral discussions between the two leaders over the past days.
  • “In this regard, Trinidad and Tobago undertook the continuation of the process of reviewing its legislation to address the additional categories for movement,” Mr. Holness said.
  • The Trinidadian Prime Minister, meanwhile, expressed thanks to the Jamaican Government officials, the business community and the organisers of the programme, for hosting him and providing him and his delegation the opportunity to meet with several sectors of the society.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, signed a joint communiqué with Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. the Hon. Keith Rowley, on July 21, which details the result of bilateral discussions between the two leaders over the past days.

The communiqué outlined the issues discussed during Dr. Rowley’s official visit, from July 17-21, with the view of strengthening political dialogue and renewing bilateral cooperation.

Mr. Holness, addressing a press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister, said following hours of engaging and frank discussions between the two leaders, critical issues pertaining to the proper functioning of CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) was addressed and perspectives relating to its implementation were shared.

He noted that the two governments also spoke about the responsibility of CARICOM member states to guarantee hassle-free travel, to apply the agreed categories of skilled labour, as well as have even acceptance of the CSME skills certificates throughout the region.

“In this regard, Trinidad and Tobago undertook the continuation of the process of reviewing its legislation to address the additional categories for movement,” Mr. Holness said.

He said Prime Minister Rowley and himself also acknowledged the need for improvements in trade relations, including the removal of impediments to the free movement of goods and services between both countries.

“As leaders, we agree to work towards a better and more stable environment for businesses to thrive, increase investment flows between our countries and to develop mechanisms for closer trade cooperation and the resolution of trade issues,” he said.

Mutual initiatives were also explored to strengthen cooperation in the areas of energy, tourism, air and sea transportation and technical and cultural exchanges, including cooperation in sports, film, fashion and the creative industries.

Mr. Holness noted that they have agreed to follow up with discussions on energy-related issues with bilateral meetings at the technical and ministerial levels. He added that the importance of security cooperation and intelligence-sharing to counter the threats of transnational organised crime was also underscored.

The Trinidadian Prime Minister, meanwhile, expressed thanks to the Jamaican Government officials, the business community and the organisers of the programme, for hosting him and providing him and his delegation the opportunity to meet with several sectors of the society.

“It is good news to report that Trinidad and Tobago, and Jamaica have agreed to work together to provide the kind of leadership that the population of the region expects, as we seek to convert our dream and our vision of CARICOM into realities for the people who live within our borders,” Dr. Rowley said.

Dr. Rowley and his wife, Mrs. Sharon Rowley, departed the island on July 21, 2016.