Thursday, February 22, 2018

Prime Minister off to St Vincent today

Caricom Heads of Government meeting

PRIME Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar is expected to travel to St Vincent today to attend the 25th Inter-Sessional meeting of the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (Caricom), where among other things the issue of decriminalising marijuana for medicinal purposes will be discussed.

The meeting is scheduled to end tomorrow.

Also on the agenda for the meeting are the economic situation facing member states and the region, as well as issues of climate change, citizenship, security, and reparations for native genocides and slavery.

Accompanying Persad-Bissessar will be a pool of local journalists.

The agenda includes:

“Advancing the regional agenda for sustainable development using Information and Communication Technologies (ICT),” the decision of the Thirty-Fourth Regular Meeting of the Conference, July 2013 Trinidad and Tobago;

the Economic Situation facing Member States and the region: A framework for regional growth and development;

Reform process in Caricom: Status of the Draft five year strategic plan;

Draft protocols for adoption or consideration: to amend article 83 of the revised treaty; establishing the Caricom common fisheries policy; Recognising the OECS Economic Union in the Context of the Revised Treaty; and on  Contingent Rights (Decision of the Thirty-Fourth Regular Meeting of the Conference, July 2013 Trinidad and Tobago);

Citizen Security;

Negotiations for a Caricom-Canada Trade and Development Agreement;

Positioning Caricom in the forthcoming climate change deliberations;

Criteria for membership and associate membership of the Community;

Ruling of the Dominican Republic Constitutional Court of Nationality;

Issue of Reparations for Native Genocide and Slavery;

Preliminary discussion on the use of Marijuana for medical health purposes;

Border issues; and

the situation in the Turks and Caicos Islands (this agenda item was requested by The Bahamas).