Barbados: On the margins of the 45th Regular Meeting of the Heads of Government of CARICOM, Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley met with the Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, Hua Chunying.
This was an important opportunity to discuss how the two countries can continue to work together in building a greater and stronger relationship.
Over the last two days, leaders from around the region have met in Port-of-Spain for the 45th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community and to celebrate 50 years of CARICOM.
This special conference saw some of the international partners and allies join us to recognise this occasion.
• The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres,
•The Commonwealth Secretary General Baroness Patricia Scotland,
•President of the Republic of Rwanda Paul Kagame,
•President-Designate of the United Nations COP 28 Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber,
•Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea Han Duck-Soo,
•Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China Hua Chunying
•United States’ Secretary of State Antony Blinken,
•Minority Leader in the US House of Representatives Congressman Hakeem Jeffries.
On July 4, 1976, Barbados, Jamaica, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago signed into existence the Treaty of Chaguaramas, which led to the establishment of the Caribbean Community.of the 45th Regular Meeting of the Heads of Government of CARICOM.
50 years later, the community has 15 member states, 5 associate members. Its existence has led to the establishment of critical regional organisations such as the Caribbean Court of Justice, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, Caribbean Public Health Agency and the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology just to name a few.
CSME and the free movement of people, labour, goods and services has seen the region’s development exponentially increase. CARICOM itself has grown, developed and evolved throughout the years and withstood some of the greatest challenges recent history has seen.
Yesterday, they celebrated this legacy at the 45th Regular Meeting of the Heads of Government of CARICOM by planting trees and signing letters which were placed into a time capsule which will be opened in the next 50 years.
PM Mia Amor Mottley said, “I hope the people of the region will be able to reflect on a century of CARICOM that has seen the region grow closer and stronger and become truly unified in all of its efforts.”