As the CARICOM Committee of Ambassadors meets in Georgetown, Guyana, Wednesday to engage on the Community Reform Process, CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque accepted the Letters of Credence from H.E. Daniel Gutierez, new Ambassador of Belize.
In a short accreditation ceremony held in his office, Ambassador LaRocque told the newest member of the Committee that he will have the opportunity to help shape the future direction of the integration movement by advancing the implementation of decisions of Organs of the Community at the national level.
He noted that during his recent engagement with the Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize and Chairman of the Caribbean Community for the next six months, it was evident that the Prime Minister was keen on making an even stronger link between national and regional agendas.
The CARICOM Committee of Ambassadors is an important element of the governance structure of the Community, focussing on advancing the integration movement, and providing strategic advice and recommendations to the Community Council towards achieving that goal.
“As a Member of the Committee, you will be expected to assist in advancing implementation at the national level of decisions of the Organs of the Community,” the Secretary-General said.
He told the newly accredited Ambassador that with his experience in Communications and Marketing, he is anticipating that those skills will be employed in bringing greater public awareness about CARICOM and its benefits, to the people of Belize.
Belize has been a very active participant in CARICOM, hosting two important institutions: the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) and the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), both of which play leading roles in the sustainable development of the Community, Ambassador LaRocque noted.
He added that Belize has used its unique position as a member of the Caribbean Community and the Central American Integration System (SICA), to act as a catalyst for stronger ties between the two Regions – a role that CARICOM Member States have appreciated for the great potential that exists.