Meeting Summary

The Thirty-Ninth Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will take place at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, Montego Bay, Jamaica on the 4 – 6 July 2018, under the Chairmanship of the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Hon. Andrew Holness.
An Opening Ceremony will be held on Wednesday 4 July from 4:00 pm (Jamaica time).  The Conference will welcome its newest Member, the Prime Minister of Barbados, Hon Mia Mottley, who was elected to office following the country’s May 24 General Elections. The Conference will also welcome back Prime Ministers Dr Hon Keith Mitchell of Grenada and  Hon Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda who were reelected to office following general elections held on 13 March and 21 March respectively. These Heads will address the Opening Ceremony along with the outgoing Chairman of the Conference, President Jovenel Moise of Haiti; the incoming Chairman, Prime Minister Holness; and the CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque.
Heads of Government will meet in Plenary and Caucus on 5 – 6 July to deliberate on matters of importance to the Caribbean Community, including measures impacting the implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME),  Crime and Security in the Region and emerging geo-political developments which can have an impact on the Region’s growth prospects.
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has 15 Member States – Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Guyana, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago, and five Associate Members – Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Chair of the 39th Conference of Heads of Government

Jamaica

Prime Minister of Jamaica, The Most Honourable Andrew Holness will chair the Thirty-Ninth Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, Montego Bay, Jamaica, on the 4 – 6 July 2018.
Prime Minister Holness assumes the role of Chairman of CARICOM from 1 July 2018 until 31 December 2018.  He succeeds outgoing Chairman, HE Jovenel Moise, President of Haiti, whose six-month term began in 1 January 2018.
Prime Minister Holness has Lead Responsibility for External Trade Negotiations in the CARICOM Quasi-Cabinet.

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Past media...

Jul 07

Communique – Thirty-Eighth CARICOM Heads of Government Meeting

Communiques | 07 July 2017 2031
The Thirty-Eighth Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held at Grand Anse, Grenada, on 4-6 July 2017.  The Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Rt. Honourable Keith Mitchell, chaired the proceedings. Other members of the...
Minister of Education, St. Kitts and Nevis, Hon. Shawn Richards, Director General, of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States H.E. Dr. Didacus Jules, and Director, Human Development at the CARICOM Secretariat, Ms. Myrna Bernard, participate in d
Jul 07

Human Resource Development Strategy gets green light

Press Releases | 07 July 2017 1712
  The CARICOM Heads of Government have approved a Human Resource Development 2030 Strategy and Action Plan. The strategy is intended to form the basis for converged action by Member States in unlocking Caribbean human potential. This disclosure was made by Chairman of the CARICOM Conference of...
Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell (second from left) announcing the approval of the ICT Integrated Work Plan and Budget. Also in photograph are, from left, CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, President of Gu
Jul 07

CARICOM Single ICT Space Integrated Work Plan and Budget approved

Press Releases | 07 July 2017 1721
Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell (second from left) announcing the approval of the ICT Integrated Work Plan and Budget. Also in photograph are, from left, CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, President of Guyana, His Excellency David Granger and Prime...
CSME the best response to changes in Europe – Outgoing Chair (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     The CSME is the Community's best response to the inevitable changes in its traditional markets in Europe, the prev
Jul 06

CSME the best response to changes in Europe – Outgoing Chair

Press Releases | 06 July 2017 1722
CSME the best response to changes in Europe – Outgoing Chair(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     The CSME is the Community's best response to the inevitable changes in its traditional markets in Europe, the prevalence of economic...
: Newest member of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM, Dr. The Honourable Hubert Minnis, Prime Minister of The Bahamas delivering his inaugural address to the Conference, Tuesday 4 July 2017, Grand Anse, Grenada.
Jul 06

People will know CARICOM is working when they see, taste and feel - Bahamas Prime Minister

Press Releases | 06 July 2017 1718
People will know CARICOM is working when they see, taste and feel - Bahamas Prime MinisterDr. The Honourable Hubert Minnis, Prime Minister of The Bahamas has signalled his readiness to help deliver the mandates of CARICOM to provide better, healthier and more prosperous lives for the people of...
Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (10th left) and other regional leaders at the opening ceremony of the 38th Regular Meeting of Heads of Government of CARICOM at the Grenada Trade Centre, Grand Anse, St. George’s, on July 4. (Photo v
Jul 06

Region needs full implementation of CSME, says PM Holness

Regional News | 06 July 2017 1725
Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (10th left) and other regional leaders at the opening ceremony of the 38th Regular Meeting of Heads of Government of CARICOM at the Grenada Trade Centre, Grand Anse, St. George’s, on July 4. (Photo via JIS)Prime Minister Andrew Holness...
Amb. Irwin LaRocque
Jul 06

CSME remains best vehicle for sustainable economic growth in the Region - CARICOM SG

Press Releases | 06 July 2017 1690
CSME remains best vehicle for sustainable economic growth in the Region - CARICOM SG (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     Secretary General of the Caribbean Community, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, is of the view that the...
President Jovenel Moise of Haiti delivers his inaugural address at the Thirty Eighth Regular Meeting of the CARICOM Conference of Heads of Government on Tuesday in Grenada
Jul 05

President Moise reaffirms Haiti’s commitment to Regional Integration

Press Releases | 05 July 2017 1658
President Jovenel Moise of Haiti has given the reassurance that Haiti continues to be committed to regional integration. He was speaking at the opening ceremony of the Thirty Eighth Regular Meeting of the CARICOM Conference of Heads of Government on Tuesday evening in Grenada.President...
Grenada Prime Minister Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell
Jul 05

Close political gap between integration arrangements, demands of the people – CARICOM Chairman

Press Releases | 05 July 2017 1323
Developing inclusive mechanisms to close the political distance between integration arrangements and the demands of the people of the Region is a task that the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) must confront.Incoming Chairman of CARICOM, Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada,...