Paramaribo, 4 July 2022 (TDI): The Prime Minister of Belize attended a working lunch with UN Secretary-General and CARICOM Heads on 3 July in Paramaribo, Suriname.

Prime Minister John Briceno, the outgoing chairman of the CARICOM, was accompanied by Foreign Minister Eamon Courtenay at lunch.

Prime Minister is away from Belize for the 43rd regular meeting of the Heads of the Government of CARICOM.

43rd CARICOM Conference

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is a grouping of twenty countries: fifteen Member States and five Associate Members. It promotes and supports a unified Caribbean Community that is inclusive, resilient, and competitive; sharing in economic, social, and cultural prosperity.

The 43rd CARICOM Conference started on 3 July in Paramaribo and is to proceed till 5 July. The heads of Government are to discuss different issues during the business sessions on the working days of the conference. Heads of Government will be deliberating on the ongoing Public Health and Economic Recovery measures with regard to COVID-19.

Regarding the advancing regional food and nutrition security, a meeting of the Special CARICOM Ministerial Task Force on Agriculture is also scheduled. Other issues on the agenda include supporting the CARICOM Single Market and Economy, climate change, and climate financing.

Belize’s Representation

Prime Minister John Briceno served as the incumbent chairman of the CARICOM Conference from 1 January 2022 till 30 June 2022. At the opening ceremony of the 43rd Conference, Prime Minister handed over his chairmanship to President Chandrikapersad Santokhi of Suriname.

The Prime Minister of Belize ensured his presence at the lunch of the heads of government with the UN secretary-general.

Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance, Christopher Coye was also among the representatives of Belize at the conference.

He participated in the 21st Council of Ministers of Finance and Planning Meeting. Nigel Clarke of Jamaica held this meeting on the margins of the CARICOM Heads meeting.