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Prime Minister Bruce Golding leaves the island tomorrow (June 24) to attend a special session of the G8 Summit in Muskoka, Canada. Mr. Golding is one of three leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean who have been invited to the Summit, the others being Presidents Alvaro Uribe of Columbia and Rene Preval of Haiti. Heads of Government of seven African countries, South Africa, Egypt, Algeria, Malawi, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Senegal have also been invited to participate in the Summit.
The Summit which is being held under the theme “Recovery and New Beginnings” will address issues related to international development and the Millennium Development Goals. The discussions will also include issues relating to international peace and security with special emphasis on transnational crime including drug trafficking.
The G8 comprises USA, UK, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Germany and Russia. The Prime Minister will be accompanied by, Acting Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister Miss Onika Miller and the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Ambassador Evadne Coye,
Deputy Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Kenneth Baugh, will be in charge of the Government until Prime Minister Golding returns on Saturday, June 26.