Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Regional transportation on agenda for CARICOM summit opening Wednesday

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and CARICOM Secretary General, Irwin LaRocque,
at the Hilton Trinidad Tuesday.
Regional transportation and the economic situation the region are among the agenda issues for the annual CARICOM summit opening in Port of Spain Wednesday.

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar met on Tuesday with CARICOM Secretary-General, Irwin La Rocque, to discuss several issues relating to the summit. 

The 34th Regular Meeting of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in Port-of-Spain coincides with the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Chaguaramas on July 4, 1973 that established CARICOM.

The leaders of the four more developed countries - Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago - signed the treaty.

Persad-Bissessar is taking over the chair of the regional integration movement for the next six months. The leaders of the 14 member states and three associate members would be joined by three special guests: Vicente Ehate Tomi, Prime Minister of 
Equatorial Guinea; President Danilo Medina of the Dominican Republic and President Nicolas Maduro of the Republic of Venezuela.

The Conference opens at 6 pm Wednesday with the Flag Ceremony at the Diplomatic Centre.

The agenda for the summit includes:
  1. The Economic situation facing member States and the Region
  2. Transportation in the Region
  3. Proposal for a High Level Meeting on Persons with Disabilities and Special Needs
  4. Membership and Associate Membership of the Caribbean Community
  5. Reform Process in CARICOM – State of Progress
  6. Progress on the region’s preparations for the United States Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act
  7. External Trade Issues
One highlight of the summit would be the re-enactment of the signing of the Treaty of Chaguaramas with a ceremony at the Chaguaramas Convention Centre on Thursday. On Friday the leaders will attend an all-day retreat.

On Saturday Persad-Bissessar and President Maduro would hold bilateral talks.

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