Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller is expected to be among speakers at today’s opening of the 33rd Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
The meeting which is being held in St. Lucia is expected to look at the Community’s Foreign Policy in light of the global, political and economic changes taking place. It will also examine reform within CARICOM as well as developments in Haiti and matters related to youth development. In addition to speaking at today’s opening ceremony, Simpson-Miller is scheduled to chair the Prime Ministerial Sub Committee on External Negotiations.
In the meantime, trade matters among the 15-member grouping are also expected to feature at the summit with Jamaica recently again raising the issue of unfair subsidies to Trinidadian manufacturers. Former industry Karl Samuda recently told Parliament that Kingston isn’t really benefiting from CARICOM and urged that a decision about leaving the bloc should be made soon.
However, CARICOM Secretary General, Irwin LaRocque, who will be attending his first full fledged summit since his appointment last August, has said it would be short-sighted for a country to leave the regional grouping over trade issues. He said trade was only a small part of the regions cooperation under CARICOM.
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