(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown,
Guyana) The Thirtieth Meeting of the Conference of
Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community
(CARICOM) opens in Georgetown, Guyana on July 2,
2009 against the backdrop of the Twentieth
Anniversary of the Grand Anse Declaration and Work
Programme for the Advancement of the Integration
The Grand Anse declaration was signed in July
1989, in Grand Anse, Grenada.
At least 14 Heads of Government of the Caribbean
Community (CARICOM), including two from the
Associate Members, are expected in Georgetown,
Guyana, for the Summit ,which will be formally
opened Thursday afternoon at the National Cultural
The Thirtieth Meeting will be hosted by His
Excellency President Bharrat Jagdeo, lead Head of
Government with responsibility for Agriculture, who
assumed the Chairmanship of the Community on 1 July
2009. The outgoing Chairman is the Hon. Dean Barrow,
Prime Minister of Belize.
Both President Jagdeo and Prime Minister Barrow
will address the opening ceremony, as will the Hon.
Baldwin Spencer, Prime Minister of Antigua and
Barbuda, the Hon. Tillman Thomas, Prime Minister of
Grenada and His Excellency Edwin Carrington,
Secretary-General of CARICOM. The opening ceremony
will also feature the presentation of the Order of
the Caribbean Community (OCC), the Community’s
highest award, to the Most Honourable Percival J.
Patterson, former Prime Minister of Jamaica.
Prior to the ceremonial opening ceremony, the
Heads of Government will meet in Caucus at the
Guyana International Conference Centre (GICC).
Business sessions of the Meeting will be held 3-4
July, also at the GICC. Those sessions will be
devoted to discussions on four clusters of items:
Economic Development, Human and Social Development;
Strengthening the Community; and Strengthening
Alliances/Forging New Relations.
With regard to Economic Development, the Heads of
Government will focus on the Regional impact of, and
response to the global economic and financial
crisis; developments related to the Tourism Sector;
Developments related to Agriculture and Food
Security; and matters related to Services. They will
also consider the Regional Strategy for Information
and Communication Technology for Development
(ICT4D); the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME);
the free movement of persons and impediments to
regional trade in goods.
The issues and recommendations emanating from the
Twentieth Meeting of the Prime Ministerial
sub-committee on External Trade Negotiations, which
was held at the CARICOM Secretariat on 1 July 2009,
will also engage the attention of the Heads of
Government in the Economic Development cluster of
In the Human Development cluster, the issues on
which the Heads of Government will deliberate
include Realising the Nassau Declaration: The Health
of the Region is the Wealth of the Region; the
proposal for a special summit on Youth as well as
crime and security.
`The Road to Copenhagen: Strategic and Policy
Issues Regarding the Region’s Climate Change Agenda,
will be discussed under the cluster related to
`Strengthening the Community’. The United Nations
will be hosting a Climate Change Conference in
Copenhagen, Denmark (COP15) later this year and
positions to be adopted by the Region’s negotiators
will be endorsed by Heads of Government at this
With regard to Strengthening Alliances/Forging
New Relations, the CARICOM Heads of Government will
exchange views with special guests including His
Excellency Kamalesh Sharma, Secretary-General of the
Commonwealth, His Excellency Jose Miguel Insulza,
Secretary-General of the Organisation of American
States (OAS), Mr. Yvo De Boer, Executive Secretary
of the United Nations Framework Convention on
Climate Change (UNFCCC), and representatives of the
International Financial Institutions.
Discussions will also centre on the
recently-concluded Fifth Summit of the America and
CARICOM-US Relations. The Summit will conclude on
Saturday 4 July.