Outgoing CARICOM chairman satisfied with tenure
The Grenadian leader says CARICOM made some progress during his six-month term.
ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, Friday July 1, 2011 – Prime Minister Tillman Thomas says despite some challenges, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has taken steps to improve its image and effectiveness in the region, during his tenure as Chairman.
And he’s satisfied that his six month term as Chairman of the regional body helped to move the process forward
The Grenadian leader made the comments ahead of his departure for the 32nd regular meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM in St. Kitts.
“Our leadership retreat in Guyana gave us an opportunity to look at some of the stumbling blocks to our progress, including the issue of implementation of decisions taken by the Conference,” he said.
“We have recommitted to the further strengthening of CARICOM as part of our efforts to build the confidence of our people in the integration movement.”
Prime Minister Thomas has handed over the Chairmanship of CARICOM to his St. Kitts and Nevis counterpart, Dr. Denzil Douglas.
The 32nd regular meeting of the Conference will focus on health, as the Community marks ten years of solid achievements in that sector, since the 2001 Nassau Declaration, ‘The Health of the Region is the Wealth of the Region’.
Acting CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Lolita Applewhaite said health was one of the major success areas for the Community in its “arsenal of functional co-operation.”
It is in this context, therefore, that the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) will also take centre of interest on the agenda of this Summit as Heads of Government fine-tune their preparations for that meeting set for New York in September.
The ceremonial signing of the Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) to establish the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) as a legal entity will be one of the features of this Summit.
The Conference will also confer the Order of the Caribbean Community (OCC) on His Excellency, Sir Edwin Carrington, the former CARICOM Secretary-General, and the CARICOM Triennial Award for Women will be presented to Professor Violet Eudine Barriteau, Deputy Principal of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus in Barbados.
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