Grenada gears up to welcome over 130 Foreign Delegates to its shores, as it hosts the 38th Regular Meeting of the Conference of CARICOM Heads of Government on Wednesday and Thursday.
Member of the local organising committee Affairs Alva Browne told members of the media, confirmation has already been received from 13 Heads of Government, 2 Foreign Ministers from Suriname and Brazil and 4 Associate Member Countries.
The conference will also welcome its two newest members, the President of Haiti and the Prime Minister of the Bahamas.
“The list of 6 Associate Members we already have 4 confirmations and that includes the Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos, Virgin Islands,” said Browne.
Other officials in Grenada for the summit include President of the Caribbean Development Bank, Governor of the ECCB, Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, Director General of the OECS, CEO of the Caribbean Development Bank, Vice President of the World Bank, as well as a special delegation of the People’s Republic of China.
The meeting is expected to focus on a Human Resource Development 2030 strategy and Implementation plan to address the development of skills for the 21st century and the implementation of the CARICOM Single Market & Economy, CSME.
Browne says Tourism, Security and Trade are among other important issues will form part of the Regional discussions.
“Regional security issues, it will also look at the future trade relations with the United Kingdom, specifically looking at the Post Brexit situation, Air transport issues in the region, tourism in the region, CARICOM Human Resource Development 2030 strategy, there will also be deliberations on that”.
The opening ceremony will take place Tuesday afternoon from 5 pm at the Grenada Trade Centre, followed by the business sessions at the Radisson Grenada Beach Resort, Wednesday and Thursday.