Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government have the COVID-19 pandemic and the Region’s response high on the agenda for their 42nd Regular Meeting to he held online on the 5-6 July 2021. The impact of recent natural disasters, including the eruption of La Soufriere volcano in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and the widespread flooding in Guyana and Suriname will also be examined. They are also expected to receive updates on Hurricane Elsa’s passage through several Member States.
The Meeting will address several critical economic development matters including prioritizing regional food production and food security; the removal of regional roaming charges to help enhance the ICT sector; the push towards a common CARICOM Tourism policy; and revival of regional air transportation, post covid. It will also examine ongoing issues related to tax transparency, blacklisting and de-risking.
The Heads of Government will also examine issues impacting the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), and will engage representatives of the regional Private Sector, Labour and Civil Society. Community and international relations, and crime and security issues are also before the meeting.
The two-day Meeting will be chaired by incoming CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda, who will address the Opening Session on Monday 5 July at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Caribbean Time. The Opening will also hear remarks from outgoing Chairman of CARICOM Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley of Trinidad and Tobago and CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque.
The Chairman will host an end-of-meeting Press Conference on Tuesday afternoon which will also be livestreamed on these two platforms.