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Prime Minister, Hon Bruce Golding will head Jamaica’s delegation to the 12th special meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) scheduled for Guyana from December 6-8, 2007.
The delegation will leave the island today (Dec 6) for Georgetown, Guyana. The meeting will discuss Poverty and the rising cost of living in member states and the current status of the Cariforum-European Union negotiations for an Economic Partnership Agreement-EPA. It will also observe CARICOM-CUBA Day on December 8th.
The decision to host the meeting follows a call by Grenadian Prime Minister, Dr Keith Mitchell for a summit on rising food prices in the region. Jamaica has also been facing the challenge of rising food prices which Prime Minister Bruce Golding has linked to the rise in world prices of wheat and fuel prices.
Members of the Jamaica delegation will include the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Investment, Hon Karl Samuda; His Excellency Peter Black, Jamaica’s High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago; Ambassador Lorne McDonnough, Under-Secretary in the Foreign Trade Division in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade; and Mrs Andrene Collings, Senior Director of Commerce in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Investment.
The delegation will return to the island on Saturday, December 8. In the absence of Prime Minister Golding, Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Dr. the Hon. Kenneth Baugh, will be in charge of the government.

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