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Belizean delegation at CARICOM meeting

By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Rsporter

Three top level government officials are in Barbados representing Belize at the Thirty-Sixth Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community

The Minister oforeign Affairs Wilfred Elrington, his Chief Executive Officer Lawrence Sylvester, and the CEO in the Prime Minister’s office Audrey Wallace, left Belize earlier this week for the conferee, which runs from July 2-3

At the conference the heads of government discussed topics such as food security, regional energy programmes, crime and the regional push for reparations from European nations.

The conference is set to end on the eve of the 42nd anniversary of the signing of Treaty of
Chaguramas on July 4 1973, which established the community. Apart from being a party to the original treaty, Belize also signed the revised treaty in 2001 which established the CARICOM single market economy.

The directorate of foreign trade in the ministry of Ministry of Trade, Investment Promotion, Private Sector Development and Consumer Protection, held a weeks worth activities this week to commemorate the signing of the treaty.

Other member states to CARICOM include: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Saint Lucia, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, The Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Vincent and The Grenadines, Jamaica. The Agreement is not in effect in Suriname and Haiti.

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