PM to attend summit in Belgium

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart will be heading to Belgium to take part in the second European Summit

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart will participate in the second European Union – Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) Summit, which will be held on June 10 and 11 in Belgium.

Stuart’s delegation will include Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean; Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office, Sonja Welch; Barbados’ Ambassador to Belgium, Samuel Chandler; and Barbados’ Ambassador to Venezuela, Sandra Phillips.

The theme of the summit, ‘Shaping our Common Future: Working for Prosperous, Cohesive and Sustainable Societies for our Citizens,’ is aimed at promoting sustainable development based on social and environmental synergies and stimulating economic growth that is environmentally friendly and socially responsible.

This high-level meeting is expected to reconfirm the strategic nature of the EU-CELAC partnership and give guidance on working together in various areas, including science, innovation and technology, environment, climate change, energy, education, and employment to promote social inclusion and cohesion.

The Heads are also expected to discuss where they would wish the bi-regional partnership to be in the next 10 years, and underline the importance of EU-CELAC cooperation in a complex and rapidly changing world.

There will also be an EU-CELAC Business Summit on the theme, ‘Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean: Promoting Inclusive and Sustainable Growth by Enhancing the Role of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises,’ on the sidelines of the main Summit.

At the conclusion of the meeting, two outcome documents – ‘A Partnership for the Next Generation,’ and ‘Shaping our Common Future: Working together for Prosperous, Cohesive and Sustainable Societies for our Citizens’ – will be released.

CELAC was created on December 3, 2011, in Venezuela, with the merger of the Rio Group and the Latin American and Caribbean Summit on Development and Integration. It was created to deepen Latin American and Caribbean integration, and consists of 33 sovereign countries in the Americas, representing about 600 million people.

The first EU-CELAC Summit was held in Chile in January 2013.


4 Responses to PM to attend summit in Belgium

  1. dave June 6, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    More per diem: More free food and free flying

  2. Patrick Blackman June 6, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    There is nothing wrong with the trip but please Mr. PM tell us what is your agenda for this meeting.

  3. jus me June 6, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    LIKE they all waiting on the words of the World sage Stuart the sleeping Giant.

    Another UWI fiasco ONLY MORE COSTLY.

    Be a good idea if the total cost of these FIASCO EGO JAUNTS was published at the same time as the press announcement of the Jaunt..

  4. Alex Alleyne June 7, 2015 at 7:11 am

    When History is written , it will be that PM Stuart did more flying than Henry Kissinger in the Richard Nixon era .


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