The 46th Ordinary Assembly of Caricom begins in Guyana

The agenda of the meeting, whose debates will take place at the National Cultural Center in this capital, includes financial issues such as the replenishment of the organization's development fund, regional security, including the turbulent situation in Haiti and border issues, Caricom Today website reported.

Topics include climate change and financing to address it, regional transport, global and hemispheric issues such as recent events in the Middle East, compensation and the 2024 ICC Men's T-20 Cricket World Cup, the source explained.

Caricom Secretary General Carla Barnett said the high-level meeting will focus on deepening regional integration and better promoting the interests of Caribbean people on the international stage.

Barnett mentioned food security and nutrition, energy, crime and public safety, market development and the unified Caribbean economy as aspects to be discussed in search of consensus and possible solutions.

For his part, the Foreign Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Amery Browne, commented on the relevance of the Essequibo dispute between Venezuela and Guyana, in particular the recent tensions due to the military presence in the border area.

The opening speech will be delivered by the President of Guyana, Mohamed Irfaan Ali, in his capacity as rotating president of Caricom, and the analyzes will also be led by Barnett himself and Roosevelt Skerrit, his outgoing President and Prime Minister of Dominica, he added. the company's website.

Irfaan Ali will update the meeting as chairman of the panel on the “25 by 2025” initiative to address as a community the growing food import bill in the region and improve intra-regional trade, as well as being in favor of agriculture as well as the Responsible for food and nutritional security of the bloc.

At the forty-sixth regular session of the Caribbean Organization, which will end with a press conference on February 28, the special guest will be the Brazilian head of state Lula da Silva, whose government plays an important role in relevant issues of regional unity.

The neighboring country's president and his executive are influencing vital issues such as the resurgence of tensions between Guyana and Venezuela due to the old Essequibo dispute, on which Brasilia hosted a ministerial meeting to advance understanding between both nations, the Bloc publication recalled.

Caricom is an association of 20 countries, of which 15 are members and five associated countries, and its territory is home to about 16 million citizens from the main ethnic groups, indigenous peoples, Africans, Indians, Europeans, Chinese, Portuguese and Javanese.