New CARICOM Secretary General Soon

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Prime Minister Freundel Stuart

In another two weeks, CARICOM will select a new Secretary-General to oversee its affairs.

That is the word from Barbados’ Prime Minister, Freundel Stuart, who made the disclosure today to members of the media, during a break from formal sessions of the 32nd Regular Meeting of the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community being held in St. Kitts and Nevis.

Mr. Stuart said: "I think the most important thing discussed at this morning’s session was the appointment of a new Secretary-General. And, we took a decision, since some of the Heads of Government were not there, and since the candidates were to be interviewed, that a meeting of the Bureau of Heads would be convened in Barbados in two weeks time to conduct final interviews for the position of Secretary- General. So, all the machinery is being set in motion for the achievement of that objective. "

He explained that regional leaders had hoped to have made a decision today, but due to the unavoidable absence of the Prime Ministers of Belize and St. Vincent and the Grenadines that decision was deferred.

Mr. Stuart said five persons had been short-listed for the post.

clashley@barbados.gov.bb

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