Prime Minister Stuart travels to Haiti for CARICOM summit

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart travelled to Port-au Prince, Haiti yesterday to attend the Twenty-Ninth Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), being held in the French-speaking member state.

The summit opens tomorrow at the Marriott Hotel and will end on Tuesday.

The Prime Minister is leading a five-member delegation which includes Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Maxine McClean and her Permanent Secretary Cecile Humphrey; Barbados’ Ambassador to CARICOM Veronica Griffith; Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office Ruth Blackman and Chief Research Officer Paula Byer.

During the two-day meeting the regional leaders will examine the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), particularly administrative requirements in the skills certification process as it relates to the requirements for a Police Certificate of Character.

They will also look at procedures which member states would adopt in relation to the refusal of entry of CARICOM nationals and foreign exchange difficulties affecting trade between member states.

Against the backdrop of last year’s devastating hurricane season, significant attention will be placed on finding solutions to disaster management and recovery.

Other issues include crime and violence, counter terrorism,  long-standing concerns relating to Colonial Life Insurance Company Ltd. (CLICO) and British American Insurance Company (BAICO); air transportation; tourism, blacklisting and de-risking; West Indies cricket; border issues between Belize and Guatemala, as well as Guyana and Venezuela will also be discussed.

Minister of Tourism and International Transport Richard Sealy, will act as Prime Minister during Mr. Stuart’s absence.

13 Responses to Prime Minister Stuart travels to Haiti for CARICOM summit

  1. Jennifer February 25, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    For a minute I thought that one of the topics to be discussed were long-standing relations to Colonial overspread and reparations. No trade or manufacturing talk.

  2. Jacko February 25, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    Another “talk shop” and trips for the proletariat, even when we are short of funds to carry out every day functions. Some of these costs could be put to better use in picking up the plethora of garbage evident all about the island.

  3. fedup February 25, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Final trip den?

  4. Nick February 25, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    Yes it is probably his final trip. I wonder when this power hungry Prime Minister will call elections.

  5. jrsmith February 25, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    Another big waste of time , just checking the minutes of the last meeting ……….. Mr Priminester its more pressing trying to stop the streets of Barbados being overrun by sewage………..

  6. Othneal February 25, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    This is a cruel irony. Haiti should be a source of shame for all Caribbean countries that share a common history. Especially the Dominican Republic who treat their neighbour as inferior because of the slightly darker shade of their skin colour. SHAME on Dominica. I detect little compassion among Barbadians where Haiti is concerned also and as a Barbadian, I am ashamed. The Prime Minister would be more noble had he instigated a fact-finding visit with a view to addressing the plight of our extended family along with all the more comfortably off Caribbean Nations. Remember, what goes around comes around …

    • hcalndre February 26, 2018 at 12:19 pm

      @Othneal; when the PM gets back to Barbados, he will be telling the bajans how good life is with them in comparison with the Haitians and there is nothing to worry about.

  7. Sue Donym February 25, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    Right now Barbados acting poor great. With all the money that we don’t have and all the issues that we do have, is attendance here our best decision?
    How is it that Public Accounts Committee meetings in Barbados can consistently come up short of attendees, but we must grasp every chance for air travel, indulgent accommodation and per diems?

  8. Darson February 25, 2018 at 11:53 pm

    Some of your comments are so childish : Border on silly .
    That is a heads of Government Conference with set agendas
    He has a major role in Caricom so what is your point?

    • Sue Donym February 26, 2018 at 11:32 am

      @Darson, the PM was given a major role in Barbados… what have been the results of that?

  9. BIG SKY February 26, 2018 at 2:40 am

    I don’t see why he can’t make this place his home.If you dont want to return to Barbados Mr.Stuart we will understand,no hard feelings.When you are settled you can also send for the others.

  10. petra February 26, 2018 at 9:43 am

    Come back home quick and call the elections. your time is up

  11. F.A.Rudder February 26, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    South West Christ Church was once a tourist endulgance but for now lets say the northern parts and western parts of the island are where the tourist market places are. You can even be an avid naturalist tourist and find the East Coast as a natural place to be; with it’s unspoilt sea breezes and fantastic surfs from as far out to sea as you can see. Barbados is still a beautiful place Ambassadors of foreign lands. Enjoy a smile wide!


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