St. Kitts & Nevis Getting Ready to Host Heads of CARICOM This Weekend

According to the planning committee, the meeting is attracting participation from CARICOM states, regional institutions, international organizations and other entities that play a critical role in Caribbean affairs, including politics, finance and economics.

Among the cast of leaders who are confirmed to attend, are the President of the Republic of Colombia, new President of Haiti, Michel Martelly and new President of Suriname, Desi Bouterse.

The meeting will also have the participation of the Prime Ministers of Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, Dominica, Jamaica, St. Lucia and Trinidad & Tobago. The President of Guyana, Chief Minister of Montserrat and the Premier of Bermuda will also be here for the meeting.

Heads of Government of the Associate Members down to attend are the Hubert Hughes, Chief Minister of Anguilla and William McKeeva Bush, Premier of the Cayman Islands. Ralph T. O’Neal, Premier of the British Virgin Islands will not attend but is to send a representative.

Cuba’s Raul Castro, President, will also not be attending but will be represented by his Minister of foreign Affairs.

Amongst the institutions and organizations that are sending representatives, are the OAS, European Union,

Ambassadors from friendly non-CARICOM countries will also have some representation. These include Britain, Australia, India, Finland and Chile

Regional bodies such as the OECS, the Caribbean Development Bank, the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, the University of the West Indies, the Caribbean Congress of Labour and the Caribbean Court of Justice, will also be in Basseterre for the summit.

The CARICOM Summit is due to be opened on Thursday, 30th June, at the Sir Cecil Jacobs Auditorium, at the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank.

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