Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) hosted a special conference on Friday during which Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley handed over the reins to the new chairman, Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves of St Vincent and the Grenadines.
CARICOM Heads decided at their Ninth Special Meeting in April this year to stage the handing-over ceremony at the beginning of July.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the Forty-First Regular Meeting of Heads of Government to be rescheduled to September 2 and 3 in St Vincent and the Grenadines.
As CARICOM Chairman, among other things, Mottley hosted the 31st Intersessional Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM, from February 18 to 19 in Barbados, and held a number of Special Meetings in March and May to map out a strategy to deal with the COVID-19 crisis.
Mottley facilitated a high-level meeting among CARICOM Heads of Government and owners/chairmen of leading cruise lines to discuss mutual matters of interest.
The relationship which was established between the cruise ship principals and the Conference of Heads enabled the members of the Community to have frank and cordial discussions with cruise industry representatives about the impact of COVID-19 on cruises in and around the Caribbean.
Mottley also has lead responsibility for the CARICOM Single Market and Economy in the region’s quasi cabinet.
The Caribbean Community has 15 member states – Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Guyana, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.
It also has five associate members – Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands. (PR/SAT)