Guyanas’ President provides an update on Special Ministerial Taskforce

While attending the Eleventh virtual meeting of The Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on The CARICOM Single Market and Economy - CSME, the President of Guyana - Dr Irfaan Ali, provided an update on the Special Ministerial Taskforce - MTF on Food Production and Food Security.

Guyana: While attending the Eleventh virtual meeting of The Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on The CARICOM Single Market and Economy – CSME, the President of Guyana – Dr Irfaan Ali, provided an update on the Special Ministerial Taskforce – MTF on Food Production and Food Security.

The Head of State listed the progress of the MTF from the month of April to June and suggested that it be further considered at the Forty-Second Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government next month.

The Leader for Agriculture in CARICOM also urged the committee to prioritise the work of the Ministerial Taskforce and added, “To take the CARICOM Agri-Food System Strategy forward, the implementation plans identified preference commodities such as – poultry, other meats (beef, pork and mutton), corn, rice, niche vegetables and coconut products.”

The President of Guyana further stated that the resource mobilisation has started for the Regional E-Agriculture Strategy, and work is in progress for the development and execution of both a Business-to-Business – B2B platform and a Government-to-Government – G2G portal.

The Ministerial Taskforce identified transport and logistics as necessary to effectively execute the CARICOM agri-food systems plan.

The Prime Minister of Barbados – Mia Mottley, also thanked President Ali for the activity in which he moved on the Food Production and Food Security Taskforce and requested all the member countries to strengthen the subject of food security.

The other matters discussed in the meet updated on the complete review of the common external tariff – CET, and community rules of origin, implementation of the CARICOM single market and economy – CSME, Supportive Macro-Economic Policy Environment.

Despite this, the protocol to change the revised treaty to permit enhanced cooperation among the member nations and indications of the CCJ advisory opinion to the opt Out Provisions of The Revised Treaty.

 

 

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