Barbados To Host CARICOM Meetings This Week

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Barbados will host two CARICOM meetings this week. They are the Sixth Special Meeting of the Council of Ministers of Finance and Planning (COFAP), and the Ninth Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).

The COFAP meeting will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, September 4, beginning at 9:00 a.m., and will be chaired by Prime Minister Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda, while Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley will chair the CSME meeting on Wednesday, September 5. She will deliver the feature address at 8:30 a.m. in her capacity as Prime Minister with lead responsibility for the CSME.

Both meetings will be closed-door sessions and will take place at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre (LESC).

Prior to adopting the agenda and discussing some procedural matters during the CSME Meeting, CARICOM leaders will focus their attention on Stakeholders Perspectives and Recommendations for an Effective CSME, including objectives and priorities; Free Movement of Persons; the Role of the Private Sector and Labour; as well as Public Awareness/Education.

They will also seek to address some Macro-Economic Support Measures, namely a Review of the Establishment of the Enabling Support Measures for a Competitive CSME, and some Priority Elements; Specific Key Considerations for CSME Effectiveness; Consultation Mechanisms; Establishment of a Single Jurisdiction and Single Registration for Companies; and the Definition of a CARICOM National.

The Heads of Government will also address the issue of Non-Compliance Regarding Agreed Measures Intended to Support Member States; an Enforcement/Dispute Settlement Mechanism; and Effective Operationalisation of the Mechanisms Enshrined in the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas and Possibilities for Sanctions.

A press conference will follow the CSME meeting on Wednesday.

cathy.lashley@barbados.gov.bb

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