‘Successful’ Summit comes to an end
Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders ended their annual summit here tonight with the border dispute between South American neighbours, Guyana and Venezuela, and the Dominican Republic’s decision to deport thousands of people of Haitian descent, dominating the agenda.
Host Prime Minister and incoming CARICOM Chairman, Freundel Stuart, described the conference as “successful”, with leaders also focusing on “a number of policy positions and strategies for getting the best out of negotiations in three major policy setting global conferences”.
Stuart stated that leaders also welcomed the establishment of a Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy, which will be the implementation hub for sustainable energy activities and projects within the Caribbean.
“We took the decision today that Barbados will be the host country. The government of Trinidad and Tobago also put on the table the establishment of a Caribbean Energy Fund, and the conference gave its full endorsement to that proposal,” Stuart said.
With regards to global negotiations, Stuart announced that the leaders considered the possible outcomes of benefit to small island developing states of which CARICOM is composed.
“We looked at that in relation to the third financing for development conference, the United Nations post-2015 development agenda, and the United Nations framework convention on climate change – the 21st conference of the parties which is being held in Paris at the end of the year.
“We did all of this fully aware that these outcomes will have a significant impact on the sustainable development efforts of the countries of the Caribbean Community,” he said.
Regional leaders also held talks with the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma and the President of Panama, Juan Carlos Valera.