St Kitts and Nevis: Dr Terrance Drew – Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, has recently attended 45 (Forty-Fifth) CARICOM (The Caribbean Community and Common Market) Heads of the Government Meeting held in Trinidad and Tobago in Port of Spain at Hyatt Regency from 3rd to 5th July 2023.
Prime Minister marked the event as the special occasion for the completion of 50 years of CARICOM Community from 1973 to 2023.
According to recent information, PM Terrance Drew also recalled that the CARICOM community was established in 1973 with the historic signing of the ‘Treaty of Chaguaramas’.
On the special occasion, he extended his warm wishes and congratulations to the member countries of the CARICOM community on celebrating its 50th Anniversary.
In addition to this, the Prime Minister took to his official social media handle to share several glimpses from his participation in the 45th Regular Meeting of the CARICOM Heads of the Government. Through his shared updates, he noted that the meeting held detailed discussions about the common upsurging issues and challenges in front of the Caribbean community.
In this context, he noted that the meeting reviews a number of issues affecting the region, including climate change, food security, ongoing challenges in Haiti, external relations, and climate finance agenda, along with the Single Market and Economy (CSME) of CARICOM. Meanwhile, the updates also outlined that the event was held, followed by a flag-raising ceremony on 4th July 2023.
The commemoration of the 50th Anniversary celebrations of CARICOM also featured a number of other notable ceremonies and events, such as the planting of a Time Capsule.
On the other hand, the appointment of the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica – Dr Roosevelt Skerrit, as the incoming chair of CARICOM was one of the event’s major highlights.
Furthermore, the conference was hosted by the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago – Keith Rowley, said reports. On his part, Prime Minister Terrance Drew extended his sincere congratulations and greetings to PM Roosevelt Skerrit for assuming the chairmanship of CARICOM.
He also noted, “I took the opportunity to meet with several Regional Heads and international delegates to discuss the Federation’s Sustainable Island State Agenda and opportunities for collaboration and partnership”.
Moreover, while recognizing the significance of such a historical instance, special tributes were paid and dedicated to CARICOM by the foreign government’s representatives and heads of international organizations, added reports.
During the commemoration ceremony, the regional cultural artists performed several cultural activities and paid tribute through steel band music, songs, and dance performances.
At the Anniversary Concert, a cultural presentation was presented by the Musical Ambassador to the Ministry of Sports and Creative Economy of St Kitts and Nevis, Kervin “Infamous” Benjamin.
On behalf of St Kitts and Nevis, PM Terrance Drew added that he was pleased to be a part of the CARICOM Experience featuring cultural entertainment and food fair events which showcased the national cuisine, culture and craft of different CARICOM countries.