CARICOM 38th Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government

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CARICOM 38th Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government to recognise 10th Anniversary of Port of Spain Declaration.

The Thirty-Eighth Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held at Grand Anse, Grenada, on 4-6 July 2017. The Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Rt. Honourable Keith Mitchell, chaired the proceedings.

NCDs were a priority area for discussion as Heads celebrated the 10th anniversary of the landmark 2007 Port of Spain declaration to stop the epidemic of Non-Communicable Diseases (NDCs) and looked back on the progress made in the implementation of the actions specified in the POSD.  The findings of the Port of Spain Evaluation were used to inform Heads of successes, challenges and gaps in regional NCD prevention and control efforts and to reaffirm political leadership and action at the highest levels in support of accelerated action in lead up to the 2018 UNHLM and the achievement of the 25*25 global NCD targets and Goal 3 of the 2030 Agenda.

The Opening Ceremony was addressed by Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque; Immediate Past Chair of Conference, the President of Guyana, His Excellency Brigadier (Ret’d) David Granger; the Prime Minister of The Bahamas, the Honourable Dr. Hubert Minnis, the President of Haiti, His Excellency Jovenel Moïse and Chairman of Conference, Dr. the Rt. Honourable Keith Mitchell.

Secretary-General LaRocque noted that in the history of the integration movement, Grand Anse was the birthplace of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) in 1989 as a response to the “challenges and opportunities presented by the changes in the global economy at that time.”

Read the full Communiqué here.