Region’s Foreign Ministers into Day Two of Barbados meeting on Foreign and Community relations matters

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Assistant Secretary-General, Foreign and Community Relations, CARICOM Secretariat, Ambassador Colin Granderson in discussion with Chile’s Ambassador to CARICOM HE Claudio Rojas Rachel and his wife at Thursday’s Opening of the Twentieth Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Barbados. (Photo via BGIS)

The Region’s Foreign Ministers are deliberating over wide-ranging issues including a new CARICOM Diplomacy for a Changing International Environment, Post-Cotonou Partnership and the Future of the ACP, and the way forward on Trade and Development Cooperation with a Post-Brexit United Kingdom.

The meeting closes Friday with a media conference scheduled for 5:00 p.m..

The COFCOR meets formally once each year and is responsible for determining relations between the Community, international organisations and Third States.

CARICOM SG meets UK Minister of State

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Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, met Tuesday morning with the Rt. Hon. Baroness Anelay, Minister of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, United Kingdom.

The Secretary-General was joined at the meeting at the CARICOM Secretariat in Guyana by Assistant Secretary-General, Foreign and Community Relations (FCR), Ambassador Colin Granderson; Adviser, Office of the Secretary-General, Mr. Neville Bissember, and Deputy Prorgramme Manager, FCR, Mr. Brian Bellevue.

Baroness Anelay was accompanied by His Excellency Mr. Greg Quinn, British High Commissioner to Guyana; Ms. Hannah Dudley, Private Secretary to Baroness Anelay; Mr. Peter Reilly, Head of the North America Department; and Ms. Harriet Matthews, Commonwealth Summit Policy Director.

Baroness Anelay has been emphasising the UK’s  commitment to a strong relationship with the Caribbean Community.