Among the group will be Prime Minister of St. Kitts & Nevis, Dr. Denzil Douglas, who travels to Guyana, after having attended the OECS Heads of Government Summit in St. Vincent, earlier this week.
The retreat comes ahead of the next annual CARICOM Heads of Government Conference, which will be held in Basseterre, in July this year.
The retreat, from 20-21 May, 2011, is expected to allow the Heads of Government, who will be meeting at the remote Teperu-Itabu quarries lodge, located at Mazaruni, south-east of Georgetown, to discuss a number of issues such as intra-regional trade, movement of skills and movement of financial resources.
The leaders will also be examining ways of “refocusing, re-energizing Integration within the Caribbean Community” through an European-styled commission that would help speed up the implementation of decisions taken by the leaders, said Guyana’s Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Roger Luncheon, in a recent media statement.
He said that for decades Caribbean leaders have been examining the possibilities of ceding of political authority from member states to this super-arching body a la European model.”
It was at their Inter-Sessional Meeting in Grenada in February, that the leaders gave their commitment to the retreat.