Caribbean Heads of State in Grenada for Caricom Meeting

Delegates from 15 Caribbean countries meet in Grenada July 4 to review social development and human resource strategies.

Heads of state from 15 Caribbean countries will convene this week in  Grenada to study current issues, particularly development in the tropical region

Delegates will meet for the 38th Regular Meeting of Caribbean Community, or Caricom, for a three-day convention from July 4-6 at the Radisson Grenada Beach Resort.

Grenadian Prime Minister Keith Mitchell will preside over the meeting where members will present the human resources development strategy which entails a plan to boost economic and social spheres by 2030.

Caricom has been in the spotlight of late, playing a critical role in meetings of the Organization of American States. The Caribbean bloc was largely responsible for unsuccessful motions by the United States and its allies to approve a declaration against Venezuela.

Caricom plans to review the Caricom Single Market and Economy (CSME) as well as its implementation by member states, the Future Trade Relations with the United Kingdom post- Brexit, and possibly the recommendations from the Council for Trade and Economic Development on Air Transportation (COTED).

Additionally, the organization will discuss more regional topics such as the state of tourism, preparation for the 12th Carifesta, the Caribbean Arts Festival in Barbados, finance and development plans for small states, regional plan for statistics development, and reparations for native genocide and slavery.

Caribbean delegates will also analyze the decisions made in connection to 2007’s adoption of the mission to fight non-communicable diseases and regional security as well as its impact on the Brexit, the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union.