European and Caribbean leaders ended an historic meeting here today
with the EU assuring the Caribbean that its interests would be constantly borne
in mind in deliberations within the EU, and in EU representation in
deliberations of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). This, in response to
Caribbean concerns about recent developments and the outlook for their key
exports of sugar and bananas in the EU and in the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
The meeting agreed to further strengthen EU-CARIFORUM cooperation in key
common areas, HIV/AIDS, Drugs and Crime and Security.
Coming just four weeks after the expansion of the European Union by a further
ten Members on 1 May 2004, the meeting this weekend, brought together CARIFORUM
Heads of Government, senior officials of The Caribbean Community, Cuba and the
Dominican Republic, the Secretary-General of CARICOM and CARIFORUM, and the
President of the Caribbean Development Bank.
The CARIFORUM delegation was led by the Hon. Baldwin Spencer, Prime Minister
of Antigua and Barbuda, current Chairman of the CARICOM Conference of Heads of
Government. The European Union, represented by the Troika, fielded a delegation
led by Prime Minister Bertie Ahern of the Republic of Ireland, current President
of the European Union, including the President of the European Commission, Mr.
For additional information, contact Mr. David Hales, Caribbean Community
CARIFORUM Member States: (Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize,
Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts and
Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago)