The ministers are hoping to use the meeting to help coordinate a unified CARICOM position to deal with developments around the world as they have been occurring in recent times.
According to a Government statement, some of the matters that will be discussed at the meeting include an update on issues related to Haiti, especially following that country’s recent elections, and the status of the international assistance following the earthquake, hurricane, and cholera outbreak.
In addition, they will also work on the coordination of a regional Foreign Policy, in order to have a joint position on many of the pressing issues affecting the international community; CARICOM Relations with Third Countries, such as Canada, the United States, Brazil, Mexico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Japan, Korea, Australia, Austria, Spain, the United Kingdom and South Africa as well as The Association of Caribbean States, (ACS); The Commonwealth; The United Nations; The Organization of American States (OAS); International Security Matters; The Caribbean Sea Initiative; Climate Change and Candidatures.
Both Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas and his Deputy, who is also the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sam Condor, were scheduled to make presentations at the official opening ceremony of the meeting.
The gathering, which is the 14th Meeting of the CARICOM Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR), is taking place at the St. Kitts Marriott, in Frigate Bay.