(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown,
Guyana) Heads of Government of the Caribbean
Community and Cuba meet in Bridgetown, Barbados, on
8 December for their second Summit meeting in three
This meeting is in consonance with the
Havana Declaration which was signed at the first
Summit in Havana in 2002, on the 30th anniversary of
the establishment of diplomatic relations between
the four CARICOM countries which were independent at
that time - Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad
and Tobago - and Cuba.
In the Declaration, the leaders decided to
observe 8 December of each year as Cuba/CARICOM Day,
and to hold on that day, every three years, a
meeting of Heads of State and Government of Cuba and
CARICOM countries, rotating the venue of the Summit
meetings between them.
The theme of this year’s meeting is Strategies
for Caribbean Human Development and the leaders are
expected to sign cooperation agreements relating to
health and culture.
Prior to the Summit, a Ministerial Meeting will
be held on 7 December to finalise the agreements as
well as the text of the Declaration of Bridgetown.
CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General Foreign and
Community Relations, Ambassador Colin Granderson,
speaking to Radio Caricom on the importance of the
meeting, noted that relations between the Community
and Cuba were strengthening, particularly in the
fields of health and education.
He said this second summit would present and
opportunity to further advance co-operation in those
and other areas.