6TO CHAIR MEETINGS: Kamla Persad-Bissessar

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Kamla off to Haiti

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar left Trinidad and Tobago yesterday to attend the 24th Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government in Haiti.

Beginning today the Prime Minister will commence the chairing of a series of meetings and will tomorrow participate at a meeting which will see Caricom Heads hold frontline discussions on strengthening the Regional Crime and Security agenda, the Caricom Regional Aid for Trade Strategy, and a report on the Regional Architecture for Financial Stability, among other things.

 In July 2013, the Prime Minister will assume the Chair of Caricom and it is expected that she will hold high level talks with her colleagues on plans for moving the Caricom Agenda forward—especially during her time as Chair, a statement from the Office of the Prime Minister said on Friday.

As Chair of Caricom, the Prime Minister will also take on responsibilities within the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) Quartet. 

"It is anticipated that these engagements will allow for a more frequent and targeted interaction with her regional peers which, undoubtedly, will enhance her ability to positively influence both international and regional events with the aim of improving the quality of life of all citizens of Caricom," the statement read. 

Persad-Bissessar is expected to return to Trinidad and Tobago on Wednesday.

During her absence, Labour Minister Errol Mc Leod will act as Prime Minister.

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