32nd Meeting of CARICOM to Commence Tomorrow

The opening ceremony is to take place at the Sir Cecil Jacobs Auditorium at the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) and the meeting will be chaired by incoming leader of CARICOM, St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister, Dr. Denzil L. Douglas.

Among the issues which are listed for discussion is that of crime, which, according to Dr. Douglas, needs to be addressed by CARICOM member states as a region rather than from a country standpoint. According to Dr. Douglas, who spoke to the issue during his most recent press conference (22nd June), it is time that this pressing matter be addressed by the Community.

He said the official instituting of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is also on the agenda.

The first countries to sign the Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) for CARPHA’s establishment were: Antigua, Barbuda, Belize, St. Kitts Nevis, St. Lucia and Grenada and the body is expected to be legally established during the 32nd second meeting.

MiyVue.com understands that other issues which are expected to be addressed include the global financial and economic crisis, food self-sufficiency, the reconstruction of Haiti and other matters of regional relevance and consequence to the region.

Following the opening ceremony, the meeting will take place at the St. Kitts Marriott and it is expected that address will be made by outgoing Chair, Grenada Prime Minister Tilman Thomas and incoming Chair, Dr. Douglas.

The Conference officially closes on Sunday, 3rd July.


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