Meeting Summary

CARICOM Heads of Government concluded their Thirty-Seventh Regular meeting in Georgetown, Guyana on Wednesday 6 July, with decisions taken on a wide range of matters.
The three day meeting, under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica, was attended by all fifteen Member States, with twelve represented by their Heads of Government [See Communique for full Heads of Delegations List].
Among the matters for immediate attention is an intensified public education campaign, aimed at all levels of the society in Member States, to highlight the benefits and provisions of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy, CSME.
The CARICOM Secretariat was also mandated to convene a meeting of the Region’s Chief Immigration Officers, CARICOM Ambassadors,  and other relevant officials within the next three months to examine challenges being faced by travelling CARICOM nationals.
Given the Region’s concerns about the ‘de-risking’ strategies of foreign banks, the Heads of Government agreed to host a Global Stakeholder Conference on the impact of the Withdrawal of Correspondent Banking on the Region. Invitees will include banks and regulators from the Region, the United States, Canada and Europe, International Development Partners and representatives from Civil Society.  The ‘de-risking’ strategies are gravely affecting the Region’s trade, economic welfare and transfer of remittances.
An Action Plan to strengthen national statistical systems was endorsed.  The Plan will enable the upgrading of the Information and Communications Technology Infrastructure in the Region and provide overall support from human resource development.
A target date of end of 2016 was set for conclusion of negotiations for an enhanced Trade and Economic Cooperation Agreement between CARICOM and Cuba to help Member States seize the trade, business and investment opportunities, including those in tourism, presented by the evolving situation in Cuba.
The deliberations also focused on Britain’s exit (BREXIT) from the European Union (See Communique); the humanitarian situation of Haitian migrants deported from the Dominican Republic and other Haitian returnees; the political situation in Suriname; concerns about the growing problem of non-communicable diseases in the Region; cricket governance; regional security; and the border issues involving Guyana and Venezuela and Belize and Guatemala.
Special guest, the President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, held an exchange of views with the Heads during the first Plenary session on Tuesday 5 July, touching on several areas of common interest and concerns.
The Heads paid tribute to the late former Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Patrick Manning, and signed a Condolence Book, opened by the CARICOM Secretariat.
It was agreed that the next meeting – the 28th Inter-sessional, will be held on a date to be announced in February 2017, in Guyana. See communique

Chair of the Conference of Heads of Government

Dominica

Prime Minister of Dominica, Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit, assumed the Chairmanship of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) from 1 July 2016, and his six-month tenure ends of 31 December 2016. He takes over from the Prime Minister of Belize, Hon. Dean Barrow, who held the Chairmanship from 1 January – 30 June 2016, and who chaired the 27th Intersessional Meeting of CARICOM Heads in Placencia, Belize, 16 – 17 February 2016.

Prime Minister Skerrit will Chair this 37th CARICOM Heads of Government meeting in Georgetown, Guyana 4 – 6 July 2016.

See CARICOM Bureau

Government of Guyana

Co-Host of the 37th Conference
Guyana

Guyana’s President H.E. David Granger, co-host of this Thirty-seventh CARICOM Heads of Government Meeting will be among the Speakers at the Opening Ceremony at the National Cultural Centre on Monday 4 July 2016.
President Granger is the CARICOM Lead Head of Government for Agriculture, Agricultural Diversification, and Food Security (including the Regional Transformation Programme and Bananas)
President Granger, on 1 July 2016, as Incoming Chairman, joined the CARICOM Bureau, a Sub-Committee of the CARICOM Conference comprising the Incoming, Incumbent and Outgoing Chairpersons of the Conference. The President will assume the Chairmanship from 1 January 2017 and will chair the 28th Inter-sessional Heads of Government Meeting, expected to be held in February 2017.

CARICOM Secretariat

Co-Host of the 37th Conference
Irwin LaRocque

The Georgetown-headquartered CARICOM Secretariat is headed by CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque. The Secretariat is the principal Administrative arm of the Caribbean Community and plays a major role in the arrangements for CARICOM Heads of Government meetings.
Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, a national of Dominica, first assumed the office of Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on 15 August 2011, following his selection by the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM on 21 July 2011. Heads of Government, at their 27th Intersessional Meeting in Belize in February 2016, reappointed Ambassador LaRocque to a second five year term.
The secretary-General will address the Opening Ceremony on Monday 4 July at the Guyana National Cultural centre.

In the media...

Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness
Jul 08

Region to continue robust, unrelenting advocacy against de-risking

Press Releases | 08 July 2016 1723
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM)  is advancing its efforts to address de-risking and its effects on the Region, and Heads of Government have taken the decision to directly approach the government of the United States.Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness briefed...
Prime Minister of Saint Lucia,  Honourable Allen Chastanet
Jul 08

Remarks by the Prime Minister of Saint Lucia,  Honourable Allen Chastanet At the 37th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Georgetown, Guyana. 4-7 July 2016.

Speeches | 08 July 2016 1433
Let me thank my fellow Heads of Government for their warm welcome as the new Prime Minister of Saint Lucia.  The numerous congratulatory messages received from the entire region speaks to the profound respect given to this new designation, which the people of my beautiful country have bestowed...
Jul 07

CARICOM arrest warrant treaty by year end

Regional News | 07 July 2016 2517
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Thursday July 7, 2016 – People who commit crimes in one CARICOM nation and flee to another will soon be unable to outrun the long arms of the law.CARICOM Chairman, Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says regional leaders have agreed to have an arrest...
CARICOM Heads of Government, representatives of Heads of Government and Secretary-General at the opening ceremony of the 37th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government, 4 July, 2016
Jul 07

Communiqué issued at the conclusion of The Thirty-Seventh Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), 4-6 July 2016, Georgetown Guyana

Communiques | 07 July 2016 8268
The Thirty-Seventh Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held at Georgetown, Guyana, on 4 - 6 July 2016.  The Prime Minister of Dominica, the Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit, chaired the proceedings. Other members of the...
Regular-meeting
Jul 07

Security underpins deliberations at CARICOM Heads Conference

Press Releases | 07 July 2016 2449
The issue of  security underpinned the  deliberations and decisions of the 37th Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government held from 4-6 July, in Georgetown, Guyana.Whether it was economic security, as it relates to the issue of correspondent banking  and its  implications for...
His Excellency David Granger, President of Guyana, apprising members of the media of some of the decisions of CARICOM Heads of Government, at the conclusion of the 37th Meeting of the Conference of CARICOM Heads of Government, Wednesday 6 July 2016.
Jul 07

CARICOM reiterates call for lifting embargo on Cuba

Press Releases | 07 July 2016 1543
While Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are pleased at the ongoing normalisation of relations between Cuba and the United States of America (USA), they are reiterating a call for lifting the Trade and Economic Embargo imposed by the US on the Spanish speaking Caribbean...
Jul 07

CARICOM banks on excellent relations with UK, EU

Press Releases | 07 July 2016 1188
The vote by the people of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union (EU) notwithstanding, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) reposes confidence in the excellent relations it shares with both parties.At a press conference at the conclusion of the 37th Meeting of the Conference of Heads of...
Jul 07

CARICOM joins Guyana’s push for juridical settlement of Guyana/Venezuela border row

Regional News | 07 July 2016 1978
President Granger credited CARICOM’s united stance for forcing Venezuela to rescind Decree 1.787 issued on May 26, 2015, which extended its maritime zone into the maritime space of many CARICOM states. However, that Decree was soon replaced by Decree 1.859 on July 7, 2015.(GINA) The...
Chairman of the Community and Prime Minister of Dominica, the Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit, at the press conference at the end of the 37th CARICOM Heads of Government Meeting. Flanking the Chairman are, left co-host and President of Guyana His Excellency B
Jul 07

Action being taken on health to safeguard Community

Press Releases | 07 July 2016 2033
Chairman of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM and Prime Minister of Dominica Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit said Wednesday that the issue of health was of major concern to CARICOM Heads, particularly as it related to non-Communicable Diseases.The CARICOM Chairman was speaking at a...