‘Successful’ Summit comes to an end

From left: Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller; President of Guyana David Granger; CARICOM Chairman Freundel Stuart; Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines Ralph Gonsalves and CARICOM Secretary General Irwin LaRocque during tonight’s closing press conference

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.

5 Responses to ‘Successful’ Summit comes to an end

  1. Tony Webster July 5, 2015 at 5:35 am

    All five participants in the photo above, look well…a tad short of estatic…considering that the HOGS has – again- been another “success story”! I wonder if they are contemplating either what it cost their country, or what other things they might have alternatively spent their time doing with a more positive and tangible outcome.

    I cud save a lot of CARICOM people a lot of scarce cash (especially the Host-Country, whichin’ must be haemoragging vast amounts of Grantleys all like now):-

    I therefore propose that HOGS meetings be held…every five- or ten- years, and that any other business be conducted in the interim…by e-mail; SMS. BB messenger; text-message; phone-call; SKYPE; or for anyone so inclined…(no candidates please) snail-mail and diplomatic bag.

    The onlies’ li’l problem wid my brilliant suggestion…is dat it wud take these folks 2 or three HOGS meetings…to agree my kind suggestion!

  2. Alex Alleyne July 5, 2015 at 7:28 am

    What was the FINAL word on LIAT ???????

    • Jim Lynch July 5, 2015 at 2:02 pm

      Them doh beg one nudduh fuh money like dat in meetings… dat dey reserved fuh hotel rooms and corridors.

      I hope none ah dem gih way nuttn, doah… LIAT gettin tuh be tummuch like a suck hole fuh poor people money (de polly-tishans doh care, it ent dey money – and looka NIS, wunnuh deductions – not taxes – all gone, an no-buddy fuh Police to hold).

  3. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock July 5, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Just another, waste of money, time and bare talk.

  4. jus me July 6, 2015 at 8:31 am

    Oh thank GOD Barbados is NOT a tourist destination and our beaches ARE NOT covered in crap.

    While OUR PM courts fame and a place in the history books doing absolutely NOTHING.
    But Fanny around wid a Guyana man problem.

    God why you mek we tuh suffer so?


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