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Caribbean: One and United, Concludes CARICOM Intersessional Meeting

Featured Heads of government of CARICOM answer questions at the end of the 29th Intersessional meeting of the Conference of Heads of the Caribbean Community in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. From left are CARICOM Secretary General, Ambassador Irwin  LaRocque, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Dr. Keith Rowley , President of Haiti and Chairman of the Community, Jovenel Moise, Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves and Jamaica's Foreign Minister Kamina Johnson-Smith Heads of government of CARICOM answer questions at the end of the 29th Intersessional meeting of the Conference of Heads of the Caribbean Community in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. From left are CARICOM Secretary General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Dr. Keith Rowley , President of Haiti and Chairman of the Community, Jovenel Moise, Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves and Jamaica's Foreign Minister Kamina Johnson-Smith
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Feb 28 (Prensa Latina) With the conviction that the Caribbean is only one and should unite to be strong, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) closed today the three/day Conference held in Haiti.
President Jovenel Moise, chair pro tempore of the regional organization, affirmed the Caribbean is only one because we have small nations, we have the same problems and CARICOM is the space to defend our common interests.

Equally, Moise announced that the members signed an agreement to rebuild the countries destroyed by hurricanes Irma, Maria and Matthew, in the context of facing natural disasters and the resilience to climate change in 2018.

The head of State stressed that in order to be a stronger region we must work in improving our infrastructures and be capable of applying standards and regulations to safeguard assets and persons.

The venue that started in the Haitian capital last Monday, February 26, extended until the early hours of today and gathered 15 heads of State and representatives of associated nations. Security in the region was another point widely debated by delegates and strategies were proposed to allow facing violence and organized crime.

In the second day, Bahamas signed the Treaty of Order of Arrest, which simplifies the procedure to return fugitives to the country where charges were established and with it are six the signing countries, among them Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Lucia and St. Kitts and Nevis.

Also, representatives of Guyana, Belize and St.Vincent and the Grenadines, signed multilateral agreements on air services.

The single market that would facilitate free circulation of goods, workforce and persons in all the region, was also a crucial issue in the event.

In this regard, Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, told Prensa Latina he expects next July in Jamaica, CARICOM arrives to a definite solution to settle this problem.

For his part, Moise said they would work in formulating an agreement that allows for the development of tourism through free circulation and no requirement of visas between member countries.

The struggle against corruption, fiscal transparency, tourism and security were other topics approached in the venue that on a second occasion is organized in Haiti.

Until July this year, Jovenel Moise will chair pro tempore the CARICOM presidency that rotates twice a year by alphabetical order among its members.

When Haiti ends its mandate it will be Jamaica that assumes the presidency of this regional mechanism.

Caricom was founded in 1973 through the Treaty of Chaguaramas and it is formed by 15 nations and British overseas departments.

Full members are Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Christopher and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, while British Virgin Is., Turks and Caicos Is. Are associate members.

The Bahamas, on its part, belong to the Community but not to the single market created as part of it, while Aruba, Colombia, Curazao, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, St. Martin and Venezuela are observers.

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