An online summit of government leaders also explores the La Sfrier explosion and the passing of Elsa storm.
State and Government Leaders of the Caribbean Community (GARICOM) Govt-19 epidemic, other natural disasters and the region’s response to the online summit this Monday and Tuesday is high, the agency said.
The impact of recent natural disasters, including the La Sapphire volcanic eruption in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and widespread flooding in Guyana and Suriname, as well as updates on the passage of tropical cyclone Elsa through various member states, is under discussion.
At the meeting, Caricom will address a number of key economic development issues, including prioritizing regional food production and food security, eliminating regional roaming charges to improve the ICT sector, and pushing for a common tourism policy.
Happy #CARICOMDay! The Sagouramas Agreement was signed on July 4, 1973!
As we celebrate 48 years, we will take the time to think about how far our region has come and how much more we have to offer to the world.
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The two-day meeting will be chaired by incoming Caricom President Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Brown, the outgoing President, Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Keith Rowley and the organization’s Secretary General Irwin Larok.
A few days ago, Larog said of the progress being made on the structure of Caricom Single Market and Economy (CSME, in English), “I believe we now have a chance ahead of us.”
CSME allows the free movement of goods, labor and services in the majority of the 15 members of the Regional Coordinating Committee, for which Larog pointed out that it is important to make progress in this regard.
Ambitious agenda for the 42nd regular meeting of CARICOM which opens today. The Prime Minister and Chairman of Kerigam, Hon. Gaston Brown will preside over the 42nd regular meeting of government leaders of the Caribbean community today. pic.twitter.com/sMs6yUctKb
– OPMAntiguaBarbuda (ntAntiguaOpm) July 5, 2021
The countries that make up the Caribbean regional system are Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. Similarly, the company maintains priority links with other countries in the bedrock, such as Cuba and the Dominican Republic.