the following is the full text of the Communique issued at the conclusion of the 31st Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), 18-19 February, 2020, Bridgetown, Barbados.
'The Thirty-First Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held in Bridgetown, Barbados, 18-19 February 2020. The Prime Minister of Barbados, the Right Honourable Mia Amor Mottley, Q.C; MP, 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; the Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister of Dominica; Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Rt. Honourable Keith Mitchell; Premier of Montserrat, the Honourable Easton Taylor-Farrell; Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr the Honourable Timothy Harris; 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 Minister of Foreign Affairs, Honourable Wilfred Elrington; Guyana was represented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Honourable Dr Karen Cummings; Jamaica was represented by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Honourable Kamina Johnson-Smith; and Suriname was represented by the Vice President, His Excellency Michael Adhin.
'Associate Members in attendance were: Bermuda represented by the Honourable Walter H Roban, Deputy Premier and Minister of Home Affairs; the British Virgin Islands represented by Premier, the Honourable Andrew Fahie; and the Turks and Caicos Islands, represented by Premier, the Honourable Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson.
'Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, immediate past Chair of the Community, Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Honourable Allen Chastanet and Chairman of the Community, Prime Minister of Barbados the Right Honourable Mia Amor Mottley, Q.C; MP addressed the Opening Session.
'Foreign Minister of Canada the Honourable Francois-Phillipe Champagne and Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Baroness Patricia Scotland attended the Opening Session.
'The speakers emphasised the need for the Community to act in concert in order to overcome the challenges posed both within and from outside of the Region. The theme of CARICOM 'as a family' threaded through the presentations, along with praise for the regional institutions led by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), and the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), as well as the CARICOM Secretariat for the co-ordination of the response to the Coronavirus.'
The text of the speeches is available at www.caricom.org.
'In a short ceremony, the Honourable Dr Hubert Minnis, Prime Minister of The Bahamas thanked the people of the Region, and in particular, the schoolchildren of Barbados for their assistance after the passage of Hurricane Dorian. The Prime Minister expressed appreciation for the donation of money, books and clothing to Bahamian school children by their counterparts in Barbados representatives of whom were present at the Opening Session.
(i) Protocol on Public Procurement and Declaration of Intent to Provisionally Apply the Protocol on Public Procurement
(ii) Agreement on the Return or Sharing of Recovered Assets and Declaration of Intent to Provisionally Apply the Agreement on the Return or Sharing of Recovered Assets
British Virgin Islands
(i) Revised Agreement Establishing the CXC
(ii) Agreement Establishing the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and Other Health Professions
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Protocol on Public Procurement and Declaration of Intent to Provisionally Apply the Protocol on Public Procurement
Instruments of Ratification
Agreement on the Return or Sharing of Recovered Assets
Agreement Establishing the Caribbean Community Accreditation Agency for Education and Training
Instruments of Accession
Revised Agreement Establishing the Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety Agency
Memorandum of Understanding
Memorandum of Understanding between the Caribbean Community and the Government of the United Arab Emirates for the Establishment of a Consultation and Cooperation Mechanism
CARICOM SINGLE MARKET AND ECONOMY (CSME)
'Heads of Government reviewed progress of the CSME, and expressed their determination to increase the pace of implementation taking into consideration the financial and human resource constraints.
'In that context, Heads of Government welcomed the offer of Barbados to help alleviate the human resource constraint by assigning two persons to assist the Secretariat.
'Heads of Government also welcomed the offer from Jamaica to provide scholarships to assist Member States in building their Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) capacity.
'Heads of Government further welcomed the...