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Foreign Ministers meet to tackle packed agenda

Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Foreign Ministers meet on Wednesday 18 May to tackle a packed agenda, with climate change, financing for development and CARICOM relations with its traditional partners among matters prioritised for discussion.

This hybrid Twenty-Fifth Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) will be chaired by Hon E.P. Chet Greene, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Immigration, and Trade, of Antigua and Barbuda. Minister Greene assumes the chairmanship for COFCOR for the next six months from Hon. Eamon Courtenay, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade, and Immigration of Belize.

Incoming COFCOR Chair Hon Chet Greene of Antigua and Barbuda presents a gift to CARICOM Secretary-General Dr Carla Barnett on Tuesday

Ministers will discuss the Community’s wide ranging bilateral relations, including with Cuba, the United States, Canada, Africa, Europe, Central America, and the Dominican Republic. They will also examine multilateral and hemispheric relations through engagements with the UN, OAS, the Commonwealth, the ninth Summit of the Americas, and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) among others.

Border matters involving Belize and Guatemala, and Guyana and Venezuela will also receive the Ministers’ attention.  

This meeting of COFCOR precedes the three-day CARICOM Agri-Investment Forum and Expo which gets under way on Thursday 19 May 2022 in Georgetown, Guyana.

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