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Prime Minister arrives at summit

28-01 page 6&7bPrime Minister Freundel Stuart arrived in Havana, Cuba, yesterday to participate in the

Second Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Community of Latin American

and Caribbean States (CELAC).

The Barbados delegation attending the Summit includes Minister of Foreign Affairs and

Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean and her Permanent Secretary, Charles Burnett;

Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office, Sonja Welch; and the Chargé d’Affaires

at the Embassy of Barbados in Cuba, Donna Forde.

The Prime Minister and his Latin American and Caribbean counterparts are expected to

engage in discussions about priority matters impacting the region and approve a CELAC Action

Plan for 2014.

The action plan will include a number of initiatives consistent with the priorities established

at previous Summits along with new areas. It will identify instruments and activities which, if

properly implemented, should lead to concrete results guaranteeing ownership and capacity

building in areas such as science, research, innovation and technology; sustainable development;

environment; climate change; biodiversity; energy; regional integration and interconnectivity

to promote social inclusion and cohesion; migration; education and employment to promote

social inclusion and cohesion; the world drug problem; gender; and, investments and

entrepreneurship for sustainable development.

Additionally, several special communiqués and other declarations will be discussed. These

include communiqués on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the Issue of Reparations for

Native Genocide and Slavery and the Matter of the Graduation from Low-Income to Middle

Income Status: Challenges of Small, Highly–Indebted Middle-Income Countries of Latin America

and the Caribbean. These initiatives are being proposed by CARICOM States.

The presidency pro tempore of CELAC will pass from Cuba to Costa Rica for 2014 to be

followed by Ecuador, which will assume the responsibility in 2015 until January 2016. (BGIS)

3 Responses to Prime Minister arrives at summit

  1. Donnah Russell
    Donnah Russell January 28, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Go Donna! SMS al mundo!!!

  2. Fiona Waldron January 29, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Colossal waste of time and money! Stupse!

  3. Prince Nick
    Prince Nick January 29, 2014 at 10:05 am

    why is the PM there????? am isnt the ambassador cacable of givving the speech??? i though we were cutting travel


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