Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) continued their 34th Regular Meeting on Friday in retreat at the Petrotrin Staff Centre, Pointe-a-Pierre, Trinidad and Tobago.
The leaders are meeting in Trinidad and Tobago as the regional integration grouping celebrates its 40th anniversary of the signing of the founding Treaty of Chaguaramas.
They began their business sessions Thursday afternoon where they held preliminary discussions on transportation, and had exchanges with special guests including the delegations from the Republic of Equatorial Guinea led by Prime Minister Vicente Tomi, and Secretary-General of the Organisation of American States (OAS), Jose Miguel Insulza.
Discussions were also to be held with His Danila Medina, President of the Dominican Republic who has appealed to Leaders to allow his country to join the 15-member regional integration grouping, and Nicolas Maduro, President of Venezuela.
Thursday morning, the Heads of Government journeyed to Chaguaramas and participated in a commemorative event at the Chaguaramas Convention Centre, where the founding Treaty was signed on 4 July, 1973, the Errol Barrow, Prime Minister of Barbados, Eric Williams, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Forbes Burnham, Prime Minister of Guyana, and Michael Manley, Prime Minister of Jamaica.
The Conference concludes today.
The effects of the current economic climate on member states and the framework within which CARICOM can achieve growth and development are major agenda item at the meeting.