Regional Leaders Get Down To Business

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Prime Minister Freundel Stuart (second from left) engaging in talks at??a previous regional meeting. From left are President of Guyana, Bharrat Jagdeo, Barbados’ Minister of FOreign Affairs, Sen. Maxine McClean and St. Lucia’s Prime Minister, Stevenson King. (FP)

Yesterday, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and his CARICOM counterparts engaged in another full day of dialogue to hammer out a number of issues of vital importance to the region.

He made this disclosure as he spoke with members of the media on the second day of a business session of the 32nd Regular Meeting of the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) being held in Basseterre.

Admitting that regional leaders had only indirectly discussed the proposed fishing agreement between Barbados and its neighbours, Mr. Stuart said that "what did surface, of course, was the use of the marine resources of the Caribbean, and what was put on the table was the idea that in terms of how all of the islands of the Caribbean use their marine resources that we should come to some common understanding that does not put fishermen or others at any peril when they are exploiting the marine resources of the Caribbean."

The Prime Minister noted that other areas under scrutiny included examining the Implementation Agency for Crime and Security, with recommendations that a diagnostic audit be performed as a precursor to "a forensic audit, to get to the bottom of any infelicities which may have bedeviled the implementation agencies with regard to security."

The leaders were also mandated to come up with a solution to the issue of Anguilla and its relationship with the British Government.

clashley@barbados.gov.bb

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