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Speech

Jamaica is honoured to be hosting this 31st regular meeting of the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community, in Montego Bay, a city whose links with the Caribbean integration movement go back to that historic conference in 1947, when British colonies of the Caribbean met here to chart a course for the region as the world emerged from the Second World War.
It is fitting, then, that we meet again in Montego Bay to renew our commitments and evaluate our progress. This opportunity was afforded us by our sister Republic of Haiti which had to forego the honour of leading CARICOM in this semester in order to concentrate on the urgent task of rebuilding following the disastrous earthquake of January 12th.
We are happy to have with us the distinguished President of Haiti, His Excellency Ren