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Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, has left the island for Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, to attend the 34th meeting of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government, from July 3 to 6.

Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, who made the announcement, on Wednesday, July 3, at the weekly Jamaica House press briefing, said Mrs. Simpson Miller leads a delegation, which include Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton; Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Ms. Onika Miller; and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Ambassador Paul Robotham.

Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Mrs. Kamla Persad-Bissessar, who assumed the Chairmanship of CARICOM on July 1, will lead discussions on various issues affecting the region.

These include: Membership and associate membership of the Caribbean community; the economic situation facing member States and the Region; transportation in the Region; the proposal for a high level meeting on persons with disabilities and special needs; external trade; and the state of the CARICOM reform process.

The meeting will coincide with the commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the establishment of CARICOM.

The Prime Minister will return to the island on July 7. In her absence, Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, will be in charge of the Government.

Contact: Alphea Saunders