PM Gaston Browne sworn in as new Chairman of CARICOM

The Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda - Gaston Browne, has sworn in as the new Chairman of the CARICOM community on July 5 2021.

Caribbean Region: The Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda – Gaston Browne, has sworn in as the new Chairman of the CARICOM community on July 5 2021.

With this, the Prime Minister Browne begins his six-month term with immediate effect. PM Browne would succeed Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr Keith Rowley.

The Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago – Dr Keith Rowley, handed over the Chairmanship of CARICOM to PM Gaston Browne. PM Rowley chaired CARICOM during the time-period of January to June this year.

Dr Rowley made his announcements at the virtual opening of the 42nd regular meeting of the Caricom Heads of Government meeting on Monday. The two-day conference would end today.

The Antigua and Barbuda PM Browne hold responsibility for Services in the CARICOM Quasi Cabinet. PM Browne stated, “The CARICOM today exceeds the expectations of the generation of the anti-colonial leaders who constructed the cooperative framework.”

Following the statement, he further added, “My generation of leaders, faced with new challenges, will continue to grow the role of CARICOM and the intensity of the friendship of our peoples.”

The new Chairman of CARICOM would handle specific issues such as – the potential for a regional medicinal cannabis market, the reduction of intra-regional air travel taxes, and the continued threat to regional development with respect to de-risking.

The formal opening session of this year’s conference includes – remarks from Browne and outgoing CARICOM Chairman Dr Keith Rowley, and CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque.

Dr Carla Barnett is the first woman and Belizean to be selected for the post of Secretary-General of CARICOM. Barnett would assume office from August 15, 2021, and would become the 8th Secretary-General in the history of CARICOM.

Everyone has an eye on the new Chairman of CARICOM to see what actions he would take regarding the ongoing Hurricane season and the COVID-19 pandemic.