Following are the opening remarks delivered by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley at the 19th Special Meeting of the CARICOM Heads of Government on Security currently taking place in Port-of-Spain:
A total of 120,055 Caricom nationals were allowed entry to T&T in 2018—but barbers beauticians, security guards and agricultural workers whom regional leaders recently proposed for regional free movement, can’t get this yet since it isn’t finalised.
T&T’s Prime Minister Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and the leaders of two other countries who recently sought peace in Venezuela’s crisis aren’t among the five Caribbean leaders who’ve been invited to meet US President Donald Trump tomorrow on issues, including Venezuela.
While Rowley wasn’t on that invitation list, as word of Trump’s meeting was announced by the White House yesterday, US Ambassador Joseph Mondello held discussions with Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar at her Port-of-Spain office.
CARICOM leaders are concerned that humanitarian aid to Venezuela is being politicised.
At the conclusion of the 30th inter-sessional meeting of the conference of heads of government of Caricom in St. Kitts, Nevis, a joint communique was issued with an official statement on the recent escalation of tensions in Venezuela.
CARICOM reiterated its call for meaningful dialogue to bring an end to the ongoing conflict in the South American nation.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley leaves for St Kitts and Nevis today where he will attend a Caricom meeting.
According to a statement from the Office of the Prime Minister, on the agenda are discussions on the Caricom Single Market and Economy which was the focus of a special meeting of heads in this country last December.
Heads of government will also examine recommendations from a special meeting of the Caricom council for trade and economic development on transportation.
Minister of Foreign and Caricom Affairs, Dennis Moses will accompany Dr Rowley on the trip.
A mechanism has been devised to address the ongoing conflict in neighbouring Venezuela.
Caricom leaders, including prime minister Dr. Keith Rowley, along with the governments of Uruguay and Mexico have established the Montevideo mechanism.
It was the major outcome of a meeting in Uruguay this morning where countries and organisations who've taken a non-interventionist approach to the crisis gathered to discuss the way forward.
The Caricom delegation which left yesterday for the Uruguay conference on Venezuela is entering the talks as other international players - including the Lima Group and Russia - have also mounted calls for peaceful resolution of the Venezuelan crisis and dialogue towards this.