Prime Minister the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller departed the island on Tuesday, July 2, for Trinidad and Tobago for the Thirty-fourth Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community, which will be held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, from July 3-6, 2013.
The CARICOM Heads Meeting will be convened under the chairmanship of that country’s Prime Minister the Hon. Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
Prime Minister Simpson Miller will head Jamaica’s delegation to the meeting. She will be accompanied by Hon. Anthony Hylton, Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce; Miss Onika Miller, Permanent Secretary, OPM; Ambassador Paul Robotham, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade; Dr. Deborah Hickling, Director of Operations, OPM and Mrs. Angella V. Comfort, Director, Caribbean and Americas Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade. Jamaican High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago Ambassador Sharon Saunders will join the delegation.
The Meeting of the Conference of Heads will coincide with the commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of the establishment of CARICOM on July 4, while Prime Minister Simpson Miller will participate in the official Opening Ceremony on Wednesday, July 3, 2013.
Given the significance of this year’s 40th Anniversary, Prime Minister Simpson Miller and other CARICOM Heads of Government will have an exchange of views with three Special Guests at the Meeting. They are His Excellency Danilo Medina, President of the Dominican Republic; His Excellency Nicolás Maduro, President of the Republic of Venezuela and His Excellency S.E. Vicente Ehate Tomi, Prime Minister of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.
The Conference of Heads will consider a range of issues including The Economic Situation facing Member States and the Region; Transportation in the Region; the Reform Process in CARICOM and Advancing the Regional Agenda for ICT. Prime Minister Simpson Miller, in her capacity as Chairman of the Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on External Negotiations, will provide an update on external trade issues affecting the Region.
Prime Minister Simpson Miller will also represent Jamaica in a symbolic signing ceremony with the Heads of Government from the nations that signed the original Treaty of Chaguaramas.
The Prime Minister will return to the Island on July 7, 2013. In her absence, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, Minister of Transport, Works and Housing will be in charge of the Government.
Contact: Communications Unit-OPM