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Jamaica will be hosting the 12th Meeting of CARICOM’s Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) on Friday and Saturday (8th to 9th May, 2009) at the Jamaica Hilton Hotel. Jamaica takes over the chair from Antigua and Barbuda.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Dr. Kenneth Baugh, who will preside at the meeting, underscored its importance: “This is an extremely important and timely meeting. We are expecting productive deliberations especially at this period of pressing challenges for our region, heightened by the global economic recession.”
“The Foreign Ministers will continue to assess and determine the best strategies to facilitate the advancement of the region’s welfare,” he said.
Recommendations from the meeting will be submitted for consideration to the Conference of CARICOM Heads of Government in Guyana, July 1st to 4th, 2009.
Prime Minister the Hon. Bruce Golding will deliver the keynote address at the opening ceremony on Friday morning. Other speakers will be: Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Antigua and Barbuda outgoing Chairman, Hon. Baldwin Spencer, Dr. Baugh and Secretary-General of CARICOM, H.E. Dr. Edwin Carrington.
There will also be a press conference on Saturday afternoon.
Likely key issues on the agenda will include: The Global Economic Crisis, Advancing Regional Integration and Development: A Response to Global Challenges, Relations with Third countries including Canada, USA and the Dominican Republic, issues before the UN and the OAS; and Border disputes, Venezuela/Guyana, Belize/Guatemala.

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