Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves is among CARICOM Heads of Government attending the 31st CARICOM Inter-Sessional Summit in Barbados.

The Prime Minister is heading this country’s delegation, which includes this country’s Ambassador to CARICOM, Allan Alexander and Budget Director Ken Morris.

This 31st Inter-Sessional Meeting, under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Mia Mottley of Barbados, is expected to deliberate on a regional approach to the Corona Virus (Covid-19) as well as the continuing challenges posed by non-communicable diseases (NCDs)

The CARICOM Heads are also expected to examine the status of implementation of provisions of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). 

In this regard, they are expected to have an engagement with representatives of the Region’s Private Sector, Labour and Civil Society.

Among other pressing economic development matters, the Meeting is expected to discuss digital transformation in CARICOM and an action plan for elimination of regional roaming charges.

The need for ongoing advocacy against the challenges of blacklisting, de-risking, and withdrawal of Correspondent Banking Services is also expected to get the Head’s attention.

The Heads are also expected to discuss a proposed CARICOM African Summit among a number of Foreign and Community relations matters. 

They are also expected to address crime, violence and security issues affecting the Region.

The Meeting, at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, begins at nine this morning with Opening Remarks from: CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque; Out-going CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet of Saint Lucia and CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Mia Mottley of Barbados.