Prime Minister Bruce Golding the immediate past Chairman of CARICOM, leaves Jamaica on Wednesday, (February 23) to attend CARICOM meetings in Grenada from Thursday, (February 24- ) to Saturday (February 26).
Mr. Golding will attend two CARICOM meetings in Grenada. The Prime Ministerial sub-committee on the CARICOM Single Market and Economy will be on Thursday, February 24 and the CARICOM Inter- Sessional Planning Meeting will be over two days, February 25 and 26.
The CSME sub-committee’s role is to focus on the implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) across the community in line with the revised treaty of Chaguaramas (2001). Chaired by Barbados, other member states are: Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda; Dominica, St Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago.
The meeting agenda includes the progress in free movement so far, public education and buy-in for the CSME and the strategic plan for regional development.
The sub-committee is also expected to address follow-up action to an appraisal that was done on the readiness of members to implement the CSME regime. The appraisal was conducted by the CARICOM Secretariat in 2009, and Jamaica was found to be compliant.
The Inter -Sessional Planning Meeting pursues agenda items ahead of the annual heads of government meeting later this year.
In the absence of the Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Audley Shaw, will be in charge of the Government from Wednesday to Thursday morning. Deputy Prime Minister, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Dr Ken Baugh, will assume responsibility from Thursday afternoon until the Prime Minister returns on Monday afternoon February 28.
Issued by: The Office of the Prime Minister