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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Jul 08

Health, Education Benefits for Spouses and Dependents of CARICOM Nationals

Regional News | 08 July 2018 731
Spouses and dependents of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nationals, who relocate to other Member States, will now be entitled to access benefits such as health and education services, which were not previously afforded to them.This applies to individuals and their families, who move across the...
CARICOM Heads at the 39th Regular Meeting, Montego Bay, Jamaica
Jul 07

COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE THIRTY-NINTH REGULAR MEETING OF THE CONFERENCE OF HEADS OF GOVERNMENT OF THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY

Communiques | 07 July 2018 1109
The Thirty-Ninth Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held at Montego Bay, Jamaica, 4-6 July, 2018.  The Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness, chaired the proceedings. Other Members of the Conference...
Mottley
Jul 06

PM Of Barbados Proposes Change to Process of Certificate Verification

Regional News | 06 July 2018 816
Prime Minister of Barbados, Hon. Mia Mottley, is proposing that the process to verify Certificates of Recognition of CARICOM Skills Qualification be revamped to shorten the time in which this exercise is undertaken.This, she suggested, can be done by adjusting existing legislation to allow the...
CARICOM Heads and Chilean President
Jul 06

CARICOM Heads meet Chilean President on cooperation matters

Press Releases | 06 July 2018 854
CARICOM Heads of Governments on Friday met with President of Chile His Excellency Sebastian Pinera Echenique as the two sides look to further strengthen cooperation.  The President was a Special Guest at the 39th Regular CARICOM Heads of Government Meeting in Montego Bay, Jamaica, which ends...
Jul 06

Address by the Hon. Mia Amor Mottley, Q.C., M.P. Prime Minister of Barbados at the Opening Ceremony of the 39th Regular Meeting of the Heads of Government of CARICOM

Speeches | 06 July 2018 698
Your Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen, Governor General of Jamaica, and Lady Allen; Your Excellency Jovenel Moise, President of Haiti and outgoing Chairman of Conference; the Honourable Andrew Holness, Prime Minister of Jamaica and incoming Chairman; colleague Heads of Government;...
CARICOM SG, Amb. Irwin LaRocque, Opening, 39th Meeting, Conf. of Heads of Govt. of CARICOM
Jul 05

Remarks, CARICOM SG, Amb. Irwin LaRocque, Opening, 39th Meeting, Conf. of Heads of Govt. of CARICOM, Jamaica, 4 July, 2018

Speeches | 05 July 2018 623
Today, fourth of July, is CARICOM day. Forty-five years ago on this date, four countries signed the Treaty of Chaguaramas. Happy CARICOM Day As we open this Thirty-Ninth Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), I must at the outset express my profound...
Chair of the Conference of Heads of Government Most Hon. Andrew Holness
Jul 05

Opening Statement By the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, Chairman of the Conference of Heads of Governement of CARICOM

Speeches | 05 July 2018 497
• Your Excellencies the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen, Governor General and the Most Honourable Lady Allen;• Your Excellencies Colleague Heads of State and Government;• Dr. Peter Phillips, Leader of the Opposition and Mrs. Phillips• Chief Ministers and Ministers of...
PM Gaston Browne
Jul 05

Address, PM Gaston Browne, 39th Meeting, Conf. of Heads of Govt. of CARICOM, Montego Bay, Jamaica, 4 July, 2018

Speeches | 05 July 2018 472
Your Excellency the President of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse, Outgoing Chairman of CARICOM The Most Honourable Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, Incumbent Chairman of CARICOM; Other distinguished Heads of State and Government; The Secretary-General of CARICOM, His Excellency Irwin LaRocque;...
Pres. of Haiti. H.E. Jovenel Moise
Jul 05

Address, Pres. of Haiti. H.E. Jovenel Moise, 39th Meeting, Conf. of Heads of Govt. of CARICOM, Montego Bay, 4 July, 2018

Speeches | 05 July 2018 588
Ladies and Gentlemen, Heads of State and of Government, Ladies and Gentlemen, Heads of Delegation, Mr. Secretary General, Ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased to address this august assembly, as outgoing President of the Conference of Heads of State and of Government of our organization. I am...