PM Harris meets CARICOM SG ahead of assuming Community Chairmanship

PM Timothy Harris (3rd left) and team at meeting with CARICOM SG, Amb. Irwin LaRocque (2nd Left) and CDC, Ms. Charmaine Atkinson-Jordan (Photo via Nevis Premier the Hon. Mark Brantley
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(OPM St. Kitts and Nevis Press Release) Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris met today, Monday, 17 December, 2018, with the Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, in the Office of the Prime Minister at Government Headquarters.

Prime Minister Harris said it was a special privilege to receive a visit from CARICOM’s Secretary-General. Chef de Cabinet in the Office of the Secretary-General, Ms. Charmaine Atkinson-Jordan supported Ambassador LaRocque in the meeting.

Also present at the meeting were the Premier of Nevis and Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Mark Brantley; Cabinet Secretary, Mrs. Josephine Huggins; Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Mr. Andrew Skerritt; Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Kaye Bass; Director in the Office of the Prime Minister, Ms. Sherelle Hobson, and Senior Foreign Service Officer and Desk Officer for CARICOM Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Samuel Berridge.

Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, incoming Chairman of CARICOM (c); Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, CARICOM Secretary-General (l), and the Premier of Nevis and Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Mark Brantley.

Today’s meeting served as the first briefing session ahead of CARICOM’s Thirtieth Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government, which will be held in St. Kitts and Nevis, 26-27 February, 2019, under the Chairmanship of the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis. The venue of the Thirtieth Inter-Sessional Meeting will be the St. Kitts Marriott Resort.

Speaking at the start of today’s meeting, CARICOM’s Secretary-General addressed the Prime Minister, saying, “I’m here to brief you, not only because you’re hosting [the Thirtieth Inter-Sessional Meeting taking place in February 2019], but because you’re the incoming Chairman of the Conference of CARICOM.”

Next year, Prime Minister Harris will assume the Chairmanship of CARICOM from 1 January to 30 June, 2019.

“The Chairman’s function as Head of CARICOM is very important, very significant, since you [will] act on behalf of the Heads in between sessions and the like,” Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said.

“You will see me a lot more often in the next six to seven months,” CARICOM’s Secretary-General also told the Prime Minister. “Certainly, I’ll be in touch a lot more often because I do have to work very closely with my Chair,” Secretary-General LaRocque added, noting that he will consult with Prime Minister Harris “very, very regularly.”

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