CARICOM leaders arrive in Guyana for a regular meeting

This city has revitalized its routines and become more lively in the presence of the leaders who will discuss until Wednesday the crucial aspects of the country and of this region of 16 million indigenous, African, Indian, European, Chinese, Portuguese and Javanese citizens.

Heads of government arrive in the late afternoon for the opening of the conclave at 5:00 pm (local time) including President of Suriname Chandrikapersad Santokhi; Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves; And Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne.

Already in Guyana are the Prime Ministers of Saint Kitts and Nevis, Terrence Drew; Trinidad and Tobago, Keith Rowley; Granada, Deacon Mitchell; Montserrat, Easton Taylor Farrell; Barbados, Mia Motley; and Dominica, Roosevelt Skerritt.

Antiguan President Brown said ahead of his arrival that the four-day meeting would discuss key issues such as the dire humanitarian and security situation in Haiti and plans for the T/20 Cricket World Cup, an event the region will host in June.

Antigua and Barbuda authorities added that regional leaders will also discuss the issue of the border between Guyana and Venezuela, in addition to demanding the demarcation of the border between Belize and Guatemala.

Brown added that the dialogues include talks with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the special guest at the meeting; and the leader of the Inter-American Development Bank, Ilan Goldwagen.

The agenda also includes exchanges with the Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir. And with the Minister of State for International Cooperation in the United Arab Emirates, Reem Al Hashemi.

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Other topics on the agenda include climate change and the financing needed to address it; Report of the Prime Minister's Compensation Subcommittee; and update the situation in the British Virgin Islands.

The sessions will also address points such as the status of the Caribbean Court of Justice Trust Fund; Developments in the Middle East, including Israeli developments regarding Gaza; and the Fourth International Conference on Small Island Developing States, scheduled for May in Antigua and Barbuda.

The meeting, which begins on Sunday at 5:00 pm (local time), will be held from February 25 to 28 and will be chaired by the Chair of the CARICOM Group as well as the President of Guyana, Irfaan Ali, who will deliver the keynote address at the conference. party. opening.

The Caribbean Community consists of 20 countries, 15 of which are active members and five are partners. jha/apb

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