(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown,
Guyana) Foreign Ministers of the Caribbean Community
(CARICOM) gather in St Kitts and Nevis on Wednesday
4 May for the Fourteenth Meeting of the Council for
Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR).
The two-day meeting will focus on enhancing
co-ordination of foreign policies in CARICOM while
the Foreign Ministers will also receive the Foreign
Ministers of Australia and Slovenia, Honourable
Kevin Rudd and Honourable Samuel Zbogar
respectively. Special Envoys of the governments of
Azerbaijan, Hungary and South Africa will also meet
with the COFCOR. Chairman of the Meeting will be
Honourable Sam Condor, Minister of Foreign Affairs,
National Security, Immigration, Labour and Social
Security of St Kitts and Nevis.
Co-ordination of Foreign Policy is one of the
four pillars of the Community along with human and
social development, economic integration and
security co-operation. The focus of the meeting is
in keeping with the mandate of the CARICOM Heads of
Government at the 22nd Inter-sessional meeting held
in Grenada last February that there was an urgent
need to priorities the focus and direction of the
Community to ensure better co-ordination.
Other matters for consideration at the meeting
include developments in Haiti, CARICOM’s role in the
Association of Caribbean States (ACS), and issues
before the United Nations (UN) and the Organisation
of American States (OAS).
The Council is expected to reiterate CARICOM’s
deep concern with respect to the slow disbursement
of funds pledged by the international community to
Haiti’s reconstruction and rehabilitation following
the devastating earthquake of January 2010.
With respect to issues before the UN, the
Ministers will look at ways to ensure the success of
the UN High Level Meeting on Chronic
Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) scheduled for
September 19-20. The convening of the meeting is the
result of a CARICOM initiative following a Community
Summit on NCDs in Port of Spain in 2007.