The Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines hosted the 26th meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Caribbean Forum of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (Cariforum) today.

A number of issues are scheduled to be discussed at the meeting,  including:-


Post-Cotonou Negotiations;

Implementation of the CARIFORUM-European Union Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA);

CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement 2020 review;

CARIFORUM EU Development Cooperation; and

CARIFORUM Institutions.

The Meeting took place at the Beachcombers Hotel, Conference Room from nine this morning.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines assumed its role of Chair of CARIFORUM for one year, effective July 1, 2019, until June 30, 2020.

During the period of Chairmanship, it is expected that this country will host two Ministerial meetings and senior official meetings on various schematic areas.

The Chairmanship role rotates annually in alphabetical order between the CARIFORUM member states.   CARIFORUM was established to manage and co-ordinate relations between the Caribbean states which are signatory to the Lomé (New Cotonou) Convention.