Climate resilience, de-risking, crime on agenda for CARICOM’s Haiti meeting

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The Caribbean Community’s push to build a more climate-resilient Community following the devastating 2017 hurricane season is among matters for deliberation by CARICOM Heads of Government at their Twenty-ninth Inter-Sessional Meeting in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 26 – 27 February 2018.

Rebuilding after Hurricanes Irma and Maria’s widespread devastation will be addressed (AFP image)

The high incidence of crime and violence across the Community will also be examined.  Heads at their last meeting discussed key initiatives directed towards combatting transnational organized crime which, they noted, continues to be one of the most immediate and significant threats facing the Region.

They also directed their focus towards the development of a CARICOM Counter terrorism Strategy which is being finalized for adoption.

The Meeting will also seek to advance plans to further strengthen key elements of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME)  including those related to travel and trade.

Moreover, Heads will also look at the impact on CARICOM Member States of blacklisting actions.

Last December the EU included four Member States on a list of countries it deemed non-cooperative tax jurisdictions.  There is also ongoing concern about the de-risking strategies by global banks and the labelling of CARICOM Member States in some quarters as tax havens.

The Meeting, at the Mariott Port-au-Prince Hotel, opens on Monday.

Guyana’s delegation will be led by Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge as President David Granger will not be attending due to ‘domestic concerns.’

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