Published 2nd July 2019, 9:58am
Premier Hon. Alden McLaughlin is leading a delegation of the 40th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in St. Lucia this week.
Traveling with him are Attorney General Hon. Sam Bulgin, Minister of Finance and Economic Development Hon. Roy McTaggart, Cabinet Secretary Samuel Rose, Head of the Office of the Premier Roy Tatum, International Affairs Analyst Jamaal Anderson and Personal Assistant to the Premier Jana Pouchie-Bush.
Minister McTaggart has been invited to attend the Council for Finance and Planning prior to the CARICOM meeting
Areas of interest to the Cayman Islands being discussed include issues of sargassum in coastal waters, EU blacklisting, the potential to increase regional trade and security matters, including border control.
“While as an associate member of CARICOM not all the agenda items are applicable to the Cayman Islands there will be many areas of common interest,” said Mr. McLaughlin. “It is important to foster fraternal relations with our neighbours within the region and to support each other as far as is practical. It is also worth noting that at the last CARICOM Heads of Government meeting, at my behest, CARICOM supported the Cayman Islands and our fellow Overseas Territories on the challenges we are facing regarding public registers of beneficial ownership.”
An Opening Ceremony will be held on Wednesday 3 July, and will be addressed by Prime Minister Chastanet; the outgoing Chairman, Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris of St. Kitts and Nevis; and CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque.
CARICOM has 15 Member States – Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Guyana, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago; and five Associate Members – Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.