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Thursday, July 02, 2009 – Crime and security along with CARICOM`s response to the global economic crisis and its effect on the region will be high on the agenda when the 30th regular meeting of the Conference of Heads of Governments of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) opens in Georgetown Guyana today, July 2.


Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Hon. Stephenson King who is CARICOM`s point man on sustainable development is scheduled to deliver the feature address.


Press Officer in the Office of the Prime Minister Mr. Winston Springer says Saint Lucia's Ambassador to CARICOM and the OECS Dr June Soomer, will accompany Prime Minister King to the meeting.


“Saint Lucia's Prime Minister Hon. Stephenson King, who has responsibility for sustainable development within CARICOM will address the meeting on the subject of  'The Road to Copen Hagen-Strategic and Policy Issues Regarding the Region's Climate Change'. Heads of Government have been informed that following consultations with the incoming Chairman of the conference Guyana's President Bharrat Jagdeo, mpves will be made to adopt the following declarations: CARICOM Beyond Grand Anse, Climate Change and Development, Agriculture and Food Security, The Financial Sector including a new framework for financial regulation and supervision in the region and Information and Communications Technologies for Development.”


Thursday`s  meeting in Guyana precedes the 20th meeting of the Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on External Trade Negotiations which took place on Wednesday.


Mr Springer says several matters confronting CARICOM member states will be discussed by the Heads of Government.


“Matters down for discussion and decision are the global and financial crisis – its regional impact and response, the proposal for political integration in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in the case of the OECS and Trinidad and Tobago, Crime ad Security, CARICOM and US relations, the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), impediments to regional trade in goods and the free movement of people within the region.” 


All CARICOM member states are expected to be represented at the  30th regular meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government.

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