PARAMARIBO, Suriname, July 5, 2022 - CARICOM Heads of Government have expressed their dissatisfaction that the outcome of the Ninth Summit of the Americas did not adequately address the significant issues affecting the countries of the CARICOM community.
The Communiqué issued at the conclusion of the The Forty-Third Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held from 3-5 July 2022 in Paramaribo Suriname, “acknowledged the outcome of the Ninth Summit of the Americas which addressed health and resilience in the Americas, digital transformation, clean, sustainable renewable and just energy transition, sustainable green future, and democratic governance.”
They were concerned, however, that its outcome did not adequately reflect issues of significance to the Community such as the post-pandemic recovery; climate financing; debt and debt financing; energy and food security; access to financing; firearms entering the CARICOM Region; and the importance of an inclusive Summit with the full participation of all the countries of the Americas.
The Summit hosted by the Organization was held in Los Angeles in early June, and excluded countries like Cuba, and Venezuela to the chagrin of many member states including members of CARICOM as the US felt that they were not democratic enough.
The CARICOM Heads of Government however welcomed the exchange with the United States President to address some of their concerns and accepted the proposal to immediately establish three joint committees to address areas of cooperation in (i) Finance; (ii) Food Security; and (iii) Energy Security.
The work of these Committees will be monitored by the relevant Lead Heads of Government in the CARICOM Quasi-Cabinet, with Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, monitoring Finance; President Irfaan Ali of Guyana monitoring Food Security; while Trinidad and Tobago’s PM Dr. Keith Rowley, will monitor the Energy Security Committee.
The co-chairs to represent the Community on the committees are Professor Avinash Persaud of Barbados representing the Lead Head of Government (Barbados) on Finance; Mr. Robert Persaud, Foreign Secretary of Guyana, Food Security, while Trinidad and Tobago’s Energy Minister Stuart Young will represent the Lead Head of Government on Energy Security.
The CARICOM Secretariat has submitted to the United States an initial list of “near-term energy security, food security, and development/debt finance priorities” of CARICOM, as advanced by the Co-Chairs of the respective Committees.