The Heads of Government were expected to have an exchange of views with the Prime Minister of Canada Mr. Justin Trudeau However, he opted out amid criticism over his government’s handling of a series of anti-pipeline protests that have disrupted rail service in parts of Canada.
The PM will no longer attend the CARICOM meeting. He’s spoken with the Secretary General, as well as PMs of Barbados & Jamaica to inform them. ?? will be well represented by @FP_Champagne to advance our shared priorities with Caribbean partners.— Cameron Ahmad (@CameronAhmad) February 16, 2020
This 31st Inter-Sessional Meeting, under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Mia Mottley of Barbados, is expected to deliberate on a regional approach to the Corona Virus (Covid-19) as well as the continuing challenges posed by non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
Heads are also expected to examine the status of implementation of provisions of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). In this regard, they are expected to have an engagement with representatives of the Region’s Private Sector, Labour and Civil Society.
Among other pressing economic development matters, the Meeting is expected to discuss digital transformation in CARICOM and an action plan for elimination of regional roaming charges. The need for ongoing advocacy against the challenges of blacklisting, de-risking, and withdrawal of Correspondent Banking Services is also expected to get the Head’s attention.
Regional leaders will have a packed agenda https://t.co/QP9lTDB7ng during the two-day summit, which will be held at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Two Mile Hill, St. Michael.— Caribbean Community (CARICOM) (@CARICOMorg) February 11, 2020
The Heads are also expected to discuss a proposed CARICOM African Summit among a number of Foreign and Community relations matters.
They are also expected to address crime, violence and security issues affecting the Region.
The Meeting, at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre (LESC), begins at 9:00 a.m. with Opening Remarks from CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque; Out-going CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet of Saint Lucia; and CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Mia Mottley of Barbados.
This will be followed by a Presentation to the Meeting from Prime Minister of Canada, Mr Justin Trudeau.
This Session will be Live-Streamed on the CARICOM Secretariat’s Face Book page – https://www.facebook.com/caricom.org
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