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CARICOM hosts first regional interfaith conference
Published on February 18, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) hosted its first regional interfaith conference on Monday in Antigua and Barbuda, preceded by an inter-faith service held on Sunday.

The event is targeted at religious leaders of all faiths practiced throughout the Community and, in particular, the leaders of national and regional umbrella faith-based organisations (FBOs).

The conference was convened in response to a request from the prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Dr Baldwin Spencer, that such an event take place prior to the 25th inter-sessional meeting of the Conference of Heads to be held next month in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

The purpose of the conference is to reignite the spirit of fellowship among the Community’s religious leaders. It also aims to develop a framework for a regional consultative process to facilitate appropriate engagement of FBOs in the decision-making process in the Community.

It is hoped that the conference will help to contribute to the consultative process currently being undertaken to elaborate a strategic plan for CARICOM and begin a process among FBOs aimed at transforming the social fabric of the Community. Attendees at the conference were also expected to discuss the formation of an organisation to tackle hunger and poverty across the Community.
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