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    Jamaica's Minister Kamina Johnson Smith said her country welcomes hosting the CARICOM conference. | Photo: EFE

Published 30 June 2018

“We are honoured" to host the 39th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Governmentevent, said Jamaican minister Kamina Johnson Smith.

Over two hundred foreign officials from the Caribbean Community, or Caricom, are preparing to make their way to Jamaica for the organization's 39th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government.

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The meeting, which will be hosted by Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness, is scheduled to take place in Montego Bay, St. James between July 4 to 6.

“We are honoured by it (chairmanship), as it gives us the great chance to play a major role in the development of the implementation of the Caricom Single Market and Economy, or CSME, and, of course, the general integration movement in line with our development objectives and those of Caricom member States,” said Jamaica's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Kamina Johnson Smith.

She also emphasized that the country welcomes the opportunity to host the conference, which is expected to address several critical issues that impact the economic and social advancement of the nations of the region.

Caricom Heads of State and Government and their respective delegations are expected to attend the conference, as well as officials from other regional hemispheric and international institutions and their diplomatic corps.

Speaking about the confirmed attendance of all 15 Heads of Caricom and heads of associate members, Johnson Smith said, “We take the strong presence as a signal of confidence in Jamaica’s chairmanship as well as, perhaps, a positive and renewed energy and vigour around Caricom and the potential that it holds for us all.”

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