Grenada, Caribbean: Caribbean Heads of Government gathered in Nassau, The Bahamas, from February 15-17, 2023, for the 44th Regular Meeting of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
Grenada’s Prime Minister, Dickon Mitchell, accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Joseph Andall, met with colleague Heads of Government and Ministers of Foreign Affairs to discuss matters of critical importance to the peace, security, and economic stability of the Caribbean region.
The main discussions centred on climate change, food security, health, regional security, and the CARICOM Single Market and Economy towards the advancement of Caribbean integration and the growth of national and regional economies.
Specific deliberations were held on the deteriorating situation in Haiti, with a view to advancing sustainable peace and prosperity in that CARICOM Member State. Heads of Government also received a report on disturbances in the Republic of Suriname and condemned all acts of violence in that country.
In addition, the Conference welcomed interventions from distinguished guests, namely the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau; the Director General of the World Trade Organisation, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; and President of AFREXIMBANK, Professor Benedict Oramah, to explore matters of mutual interest with CARICOM Member States.
On the sidelines of the Meeting, the Grenada delegation held several bilateral engagements to further national interests in the areas of healthcare, agriculture, renewable energy, climate resilience and infrastructure development.
Meetings were held with delegations from the United Kingdom, the European Union, the United States, the Republic of Korea, and the People’s Republic of China, as well as the Food and Agriculture Organisation and the CAF Development Bank for Latin America and the Caribbean.