COMMUNIQUÉ – 29th Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM

COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE TWENTY-NINTH

INTER-SESSIONAL MEETING OF THE CONFERENCE OF HEADS OF

GOVERNMENT OF THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY

26-27 February, 2018,

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

 

The Twenty-Ninth Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held at Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on 26-27 February, 2018.  The President of Haiti, His Excellency Jovenel Moïse, Chaired the proceedings.

Other Members of the Conference in attendance were Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Honourable Dr. Hubert Minnis; Prime Minister of Barbados, Rt. Honourable Freundel Stuart; Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Rt. Honourable Keith Mitchell; Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness; Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Honourable Allen Chastanet; Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. the Honourable Ralph Gonsalves; and Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. the Honourable Keith Rowley.

Antigua and Barbuda was represented by His Excellency Ambassador Colin Murdoch; Belize was represented by Senator the Honourable Michael Peyrefitte, Attorney General; Dominica was represented by the Honourable Francine Baron, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Guyana was represented by His Excellency Vice President Carl Greenidge; Montserrat was represented by the Honourable Delmaude Ryan, Deputy Premier and Minister of Education, Health, Youth Affairs, Sports and Social Services; St Kitts and Nevis was represented by the Honourable Vance Amory, Senior Minister; Suriname was represented by His Excellency Vice-President, Michael Ashwin Adhin.

Associate Members in attendance were British Virgin Islands represented by Dr. the Hon Kedrick Pickering, Deputy Premier; the Turks and Caicos Islands represented by Hon. Sean Astwood, Deputy Premier.

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CARICOM leaders agree on counter-terrorism strategy

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, Feb 28, CMC – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders have adopted a regional counter-terrorism strategy at their inter-sessional summit that ended here on Tuesday.

The leaders also agreed that the member countries would table in their respective parliaments the legislation by July 4, this year to support the strategy and that an effective monitoring and evaluation process should be put in place to determine the region’s success in addressing this critical matter.

The strategy was developed by the Trinidad-based Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) which, in consultation with its stakeholders and regional and international partners, will review the document biennially to consider updating it to respond to the evolving terrorism landscape.

The summit also agreed that all member states should enact legislation related to the Advance Cargo Information System (ACIS) and Advanced Passenger Information System (APIS) to assist counter-terrorism efforts, among other security matters, and to share information on crime and violence among themselves in a more consistent manner.

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Accelerate use of CSME provisions to help build economic resilience – CARICOM SG

Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General, on Monday said that substantial progress had been recorded in the regional integration movement, particularly with the Single Market component of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).  He acknowledged, however, the need to implement the existing plan for outstanding issues regarding full compliance within a specified time frame.

The Secretary-General was at the time making remarks at the Opening Ceremony of the Twenty-Ninth Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

The CSME is one of the main matters that the Heads will discuss during their two-day meeting. Among the specific issues they will address are administrative requirements in the process to acquire a Skills Certificate, and the procedures to which Member States must adhere with respect to refusal of entry of CARICOM nationals. Heads of Government, in 2016, had mandated a comprehensive review of the CSME, the Region’s flagship programme.

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Crime, violence taking heavy toll on society – CARICOM SG

Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Amb. Irwin LaRocque, called on the Community to counteract the threat of crime and violence, when he addressed the opening of the Twenty-Ninth Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government earlier today in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

“As we pool our resources and strategise to combat the damaging effects of climate change, we need to do so as well to counteract another threat to our societies…. I refer to the effects of crime and violence,” he said.

Amb. LaRocque pointed to the toll on societies through loss of lives, injuries and psychological trauma and observed that the greatest impact was on families.

“It is within that circle that the battle against the scourge must begin,” he said.

About Security in CARICOM
In 2007, the Caribbean Community made Security its fourth pillar of regional integration arrangements, as it sought to strengthen the security architecture and its efforts to harmonise the fight against crime. The Ministerial Council for National Security and Law Enforcement (CONSLE) has oversight of the Region’s security architecture, while operationally, the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS)  is the coordinating Institution.

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Barbados Prime Minister to attend CARICOM Summit in Haiti

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart will leave Barbados on Saturday, February 24, for the Twenty-Ninth Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The summit takes place from February 26 to 27, at the Marriott Hotel.

Following the Adoption of the Agenda and dealing with a number of Procedural Matters, Mr. Stuart and other regional leaders will examine the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), particularly Administrative Requirements in the Skills Certification Process as it relates to the Requirement for a Police Certificate of Character.

They will also look at Procedures to which Member States would adhere on the Refusal of Entry of CARICOM Nationalsand Foreign Exchange Difficulties Affecting Trade between Member States.

Against the backdrop of last year’s devastating hurricane season, significant attention will be placed on finding solutions to Disaster Management and Recovery.

Read more at: Barbados Government Information Service