Prime Minister Freundel Stuart will lead a delegation to Cuba next week to attend the Second Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).

Those attending will include Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean and her Permanent Secretary, Charles Burnett; Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister???s Office, Sonja Welch; and the Charg?? d???Affaires at the Embassy of Barbados in Cuba, Donna Forde.

The Summit will be held from Tuesday, January 28 to Wednesday, January 29, under the theme The Struggle against Hunger, Poverty and Inequalities in Latin America and the Caribbean.

In addition, it will provide the leaders with an opportunity to engage in discussions about priority matters which occupy the attention of Latin America and the Caribbean and to review action taken since the first Summit of the Community in Santiago de Chile in January 2013.

The meeting will be preceded by the Eighth Meeting of the National Coordinators of CELAC on Saturday, January 25 and Sunday, January 26, while the Fourth Meeting of Foreign Ministers of CELAC will be held on Monday, January 27.

CELAC groups 33 sovereign states in the region and aims to deepen the political, economic, and social relations between Latin America and the Caribbean. The Prime Minister will return to Barbados on Wednesday, January 29.

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