CARICOM secretary general to meet with Trinidad PM in advance of CSME special meeting

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Secretary-General Irwin LaRocque (2nd left) and Prime Minister Mia Mottley of Barbados (3rd left) at a meeting on the CSME in Haiti on Tuesday

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — The upcoming special meeting of the heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) will be the focus of a meeting on Thursday between CARICOM secretary-general Irwin LaRocque and the prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr Keith Rowley.

The discussions will take place in Port of Spain, Trinidad, the venue for the special meeting, which will be held on December 2-3, 2018. At their meeting in Montego Bay, Jamaica last July, CARICOM heads of government recognised the need to keep focus on the CSME and agreed to have this special meeting on that issue.

The meeting with LaRocque is the latest to be held by Rowley in preparation for the December session. In the past week he has met with the president of Guyana, David Granger, prime minister of Grenada, Dr Keith Mitchell and prime minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley, who is lead head of government with responsibility for the CSME in the CARICOM Quasi-Cabinet.

Mottley and LaRocque held discussions on Tuesday in Port-au-Prince with the president of Haiti, Jovenel Moise, on that country’s requirements to be fully compliant with the measures of the CSME.

Over the last week, LaRocque has met with a number of heads of government when he attended a meeting of the LIAT shareholders and of the leaders of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), both of which were held in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

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