Prime Minister’s Statement on
The Association of Caribbean States Summit, 4 JUNE 2016

 1.0 Purpose   

Parliament is being asked to note the following statement consequent upon the Prime Minister’s participation in the 7th Summit of the Association of Caribbean States, held in Havana, Cuba, on the 4th June, 2016.

2.0 Background

The Association of Caribbean States was established on the 24th July 1994 in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, with the aim of increasing cooperation among countries of the Greater Caribbean in four principal areas:

The preservation and Conservation of the Caribbean Sea;
Sustainable Tourism;
Trade Development and Economic External Relations; and
Transport and Disaster Risk Reduction.

Mr. Speaker,

As you are aware, I led a delegation to Havana, Cuba on 4th June to participate in the 7th Summit of the Association of Caribbean States.  The Summit’s theme was “United under the ACS to face the challenges of sustainable development, climate change and peace in the Region.”  I, therefore, wish to report to the House, on the outcome of the Summit and on the bilateral discussions held in the margins of the Meeting.

At the outset, I wish to place on record, Jamaica’s appreciation to the Government and people of the Republic of Cuba for the warm hospitality and for the excellent arrangements made to facilitate Jamaica’s participation in the Summit. I wish to commend Cuba’s outstanding Chairmanship of this important encounter which facilitated a successful outcome.

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