MONTEGO BAY, July 4, 2021 - Having assumed office on July 1 as the new Chairman of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community, CARICOM, Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister, Gaston Browne will chair the 42nd Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government which begins tomorrow and will be held via teleconference. The meeting is scheduled to run from Monday, July 5 to Tuesday, July 6.
Browne succeeds Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Dr Keith Rowley, and will serve for the next six months.
The Antigua and Barbuda prime minister holds responsibility for services in the CARICOM Quasi Cabinet.
An official opening session will kick off the meeting Monday, with remarks from Browne, as well as outgoing CARICOM Chairman, Dr Keith Rowley, and CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque.
High on the agenda is the COVID-19 pandemic and the region’s response, among several other important matters.
Among the issues Browne is expected to tackle in his new role are the reduction of intra-regional air travel taxes, the potential for a regional medicinal cannabis market and the sustained threat to regional development with respect to de-risking.
The upcoming meeting will be Ambassador LaRocque’s last in the role, as he is set to be succeeded by Dr Carla Barnett, the first woman and Belizean to be selected for the post.
She will assume office on August 15 and become the 8th Secretary-General in CARICOM’s history.