The following is the full text of the Communique issued at the end of the 30th Inter-sessional meeting of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government that ended here on Wednesday.
'The Thirtieth Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held at Frigate Bay, St Kitts and Nevis 26-27, February 2019. Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr the Honourable Timothy Harris, chaired the proceedings.
'Other Members of the Conference in attendance were: Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Honourable Gaston Browne; Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Honourable Dr. Hubert Minnis; Prime Minister of Barbados, Honourable Mia Mottley; Prime Minister of Dominica, Honourable Roosevelt Skerritt; Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Rt. Honourable Keith Mitchell; Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness; Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Honourable Allen Chastanet; Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. the Honourable Ralph Gonsalves; and Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. the Honourable Keith Rowley.
'Belize was represented by the Attorney General Honourable Michael Peyrefritte; Guyana was represented by His Excellency Second Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge; Haiti was represented by Foreign Minister, Honourable Bocchit Edmond; and Suriname was represented by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Honourable Yidiz Pollack-Beighle.
'Associate Members in attendance were: Bermuda represented by Deputy Premier and Minister of Home Affairs, Honourable Walter Roban; and the Turks and Caicos Islands, represented by Deputy Premier, Honourable Sean Astwood.
'Chairman of Conference Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr the Honourable Timothy Harris, immediate past Chairman, Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness and Secretary-General of the Community, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque addressed the opening session.
'The themes of the statements reflected: the need to advance the progress already achieved with regard to the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME); closer regional unity in order to respond strategically and decisively to a changing global environment; as well as the Community's concerns with respect to blacklisting and the situation in Venezuela.
'The text of their statements can be accessed at www.caricom.org
(i) Protocol on Contingent Rights
- Belize, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis
(ii) Declaration of Intent to Provisionally apply the Protocol on Contingent Rights
- Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
(iii) Revised Agreement Establishing the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC)-
(iv) Multilateral Air Services Agreement -
- Dominica Grenada, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago
(v) Protocol on Public Procurement
(vi) Declaration of Intent to provisionally apply the Protocol on Public Procurement
(vii) Revised Agreement establishing the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC)
'Heads of Government met in Special Session on Transportation in keeping with their quest to deliver adequate, fair, competitive, efficient transportation services at affordable costs.
'Heads of Government recalled that the Multi-lateral Air Services Agreement (MASA) had been opened for signature in February 2018 and acknowledged the assent by all Member States to the MASA would give effect to the Community becoming a liberalised...