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Jamaica will be hosting important meetings of Foreign Ministers of Latin America and the Caribbean (CALC) on Integration and Development, and the Rio Group, November 4-6, at the Rose Hall Resort and Spa Hotel, Montego Bay St. James.
In welcoming the meetings, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Dr. Kenneth Baugh, underscored their importance.
“It is clear that the social and economic well-being of the people of Jamaica, and the region, depend to a large degree on the partnerships we develop with neighbouring economies, and the large market places of the world. Economic growth, job creation and export formation will benefit from economic co-operation and trade promotion activities with these countries,” Dr. Baugh said.
He added that, in charting a course for recovery from the economic crisis, co-operation and integration were indispensable.
The Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, will deliver the keynote address at the opening of the CALC Meeting on Friday morning.
The opening ceremony will also include speeches by Dr. Baugh, His Worship the Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Charles Sinclair, and representatives of the administrative Troika of CALC, the Minister of External Affairs of Brazil, His Excellency Celso Amorim, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, Her Excellency Patricia Espinosa Cantellano
Dr. Baugh will chair the 34-member CALC meeting, assisted by Ministers Amorim and Espinosa.
Preparatory to the second CALC Summit, next February in Mexico, the meeting will focus on issues pertaining to the integration and development of the region, within the context of global challenges such as the financial recession and the energy, food and environmental crises.
Deliberations will also address implementation of the Salvador Declaration, which emerged at the first Summit of CALC in Bahia, Brazil in December, 2008. The Declaration highlights the importance of regional integration, cooperation, sustainable development, eradication of poverty and the promotion of social justice and democracy.
Foreign Minister Espinosa, colleague Foreign Minister, Chilean Ambassador, Her Excellency Mariana Fernandez and Under-Secretary in the Dominican Republic Foreign Ministry, His Excellency Jos

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