Grenada, July 6, 2017 – St. George’s – It is my pleasure to welcome you all to the Thirty-Eighth Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
I bid a special welcome to the Rt. Honourable Dr. Hubert Minnis, Prime Minister of The Bahamas who is attending his first Meeting of the Conference. Prime Minister, we look forward to your active participation in the deliberations as you share with your colleague Heads of Government your fresh ideas on advancing the interests of our Community.
Allow me to welcome again President Moïse as he addresses this opening ceremony and offers his views on Haiti in the Caribbean Community.
I must thank His Excellency President David Granger for his stewardship over the last six months as Chairman and the progress of the Community in that time.
I welcome Prime Minister Keith Mitchell to the Chair and look forward to continued progress under his guidance.
The discussions over the next two days will benefit from the excellent arrangements put in place by the Government of Grenada. I am sure I speak for all delegations when I express appreciation for the generous hospitality extended to us by the Government and people of Grenada during our stay. Thank you Prime Minister Mitchell.
I wish at the outset to congratulate Ms Shirley Pryce who, this evening, will be bestowed as the Twelfth recipient of the CARICOM Triennial Award for Women. This award recognises an outstanding CARICOM woman whose work has made a significant contribution to the socio-economic development of the Caribbean.