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Jamaica is set to host the 31st Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM from the 4th to the 7th July at the Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay.
Prime Minister Bruce Golding will assume Chairmanship of the regional grouping from July to December. Haiti’s President Rene Preval was slated to become Chairman but these plans were changed as a result of the devastation caused in Haiti by the earthquake of January 12. The decision was taken at the CARICOM Heads level, that Jamaica should assume Chairmanship in July.
Important topics to be discussed from the wide-ranging agenda 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.
The Opening Ceremony will be held at the Half Moon Village Hotel, Montego Bay, beginning at 5 p.m. on Sunday, 4th of July. A number of working sessions are scheduled as well as a retreat of the various Heads of Government and specially invited guests.
The conference programme also includes a Brand Jamaica Trade Showcase, which will be mounted at the conference hotel.

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