PM attends his first Caricom summit

PRESS RELEASE:-CASTRIES, Saint Lucia – Monday, 04 July 2016 – Honourable Prime Minister Allen M. Chastanet is scheduled to attend the Thirty – Seventh Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in Georgetown, Guyana.

The Heads of Government will have an opening ceremony on Monday 4th July, 2016 followed by a packed agenda for business sessions on Tuesday, 5th and Wednesday 6th July 2016.

Some of the major highlights will include:

 Regional Security

 CARICOM Single Market and Economy

 Border Issues

 Correspondent Banking (De-risking)

 CARICOM-Cuba Relations

 Exchange of Views with President of Chile

 Plight of Persons of Haitian Descent rendered Stateless in DR

 Rules of Procedure for Heads of Government

The Heads will examine how current mechanisms for regional security are working and how they can be improved; and the legal instruments required to facilitate the desired collaboration.

During business sessions they will discuss matters related to the operation of the CSME, including travel facilitation (Movement of People). Heads will also take into account the border issues between Guyana and Venezuela, and Belize and Guatemala.

The Meeting will seek to advance the search for solutions to eliminate the possibilities of derisking. Heads will evaluate the threats to our domestic banking, our commerce and transfer of resources.

The Meeting will seek to advance the process of finalizing an expanded trade agreement with Cuba.

The Heads of Government will discuss cooperation on matters of mutual interest with the President of Chile Ms. Michelle Bachelet.

The Prime Minister left the island on Sunday July 3rd 2016, and will return on Friday July 8th 2016.

He will attend CARICOM meetings to be held in Guyana from 4th to 6th July, 2016 and meet with potential investors and pay courtesy visits at the EU and American Embassies in Barbados.

The delegation for Saint Lucia will include Her Excellency Ambassador Dr. June Soomer (CARICOM/OECS) and Ms. Linda Brice of External Affairs.

In his absence the Honourable Ezechiel Joseph will act as Prime minister.