CARICOM heads prepare to meet

ST JOHN’S, Antigua, June 30 – Caribbean leaders will explore options for enhancing regional tourism in the current international climate, rising energy costs, achieving food security and mitigating rising food prices and climate change among other issues as they meet here tomorrow for their three-day 29th Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government Summit.
The CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) will also be high on their agenda, said the grouping’s Secretary General Edwin Carrington.

“The progress of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy and in particular the moves towards the establishment of the framework for the Single Economy will occupy the attention of Heads and in that regard action towards the launching of the CARICOM Development Fund would be critical,” he said.

He said the Caribbean leaders will also be presented with a report from the Task Force on Functional Cooperation which was established at the last summit in Barbados.

Caribbean leaders will also discuss the preparation for negotiation of a CARICOM-Canada Trade and Development Agreement, Prioritisation and Scheduling of other External Trade Negotiations as well as the Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery.
Crime and Security including the implementation of the decisions of the 13th Special Meeting of the Conference held in Trinidad and Tobago and the major decisions coming out of the Sixth Meeting of the Council of Ministers responsible for National Security and Law Enforcement held in St Kitts earlier this month are also on the agenda.