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PM leads Jamaica's delegation to CARICOM meeting

Published:Tuesday | July 1, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller is leading Jamaica's delegation to the 35th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) being held in St John's, Antigua, starting today.

Among the range of issues they will discuss and take a decisions are the terms of reference of the Regional Commission on Marijuana.

The four-day meeting, which will be chaired by the new prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, will also consider a report of the CARICOM Commission on the Economy, and the status of negotiations for a CARICOM-Canada Trade and Development Agreement.

In addition, business leaders from, and operating in, CARICOM member countries will discuss with the heads of government economic priorities for the region.

Discussions will also be held with the prime minister of Spain, Mariano Rajoy Brey, on issues including advancing technical cooperation with CARICOM. Heads of government will also hold talks with the minister of foreign affairs of Cuba, Bruno Rodrigues Parilla, on CARICOM-Cuba relations and preparations for the Fifth CARICOM-Cuba Summit to be held in Havana on December 8.

Other agenda items for discussions and decision include the operations of the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security; the region's position on climate and a report from the Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV/AIDS on actions to address and control HIV/AIDS in the region.