TWENTY-NINTH MEETING OF THE CONFERENCE OF HEADS OF GOVERNMENT OF THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY

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1 July – Opening Ceremony, Sandals Grande, Antigua Resort and Spa

2-4 July – Business Sessions, Jolly Beach Resort,

St. John’s Antigua and Barbuda

DOCUMENTATION

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Revised Draft Agenda dated 27 June 2008

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WORKING DOCUMENT

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Attachments I to IV to Working Document

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Attachment V to Working Document

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SECTION A –  CEREMONIAL AND PROCEDURAL

MATTERS

 

 

A.1 – Opening Ceremony

 

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A.2 – Adoption of Agenda

 

A.3 – Procedural Matters

SECTION  B – MATTERS FOR DISCUSSION/

DECISION

 

 

B.1 – Focus on Tourism – Options for Enhancing Regional Tourism in the Context of Current International Trends

 

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B.2.- Selected Priorities for Regional Cooperation:  Soaring Food and Energy Prices and the Challenges of Climate Change:  An Overview of the Challenges facing the Region

 

 

 

 

 

B.4 – Status of Mandates from the Nineteenth Inter-Sessional and Thirteenth Special Meeting of the Conference (7-8 March 2008, The Bahamas, and 4-5 April 2008, Trinidad and Tobago respectively):

 

B.4.1 – Matters Related to the CARICOM Single Market :

 

                (i)           Update on Implementation (Barbados)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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B.4.2 – Progress Towards the Establishment of the Single Economy:

 

                (i)           Launch of the CARICOM Development                                    Fund (including the Regional                                                              Development Agency) (Barbados)

 

 

 

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                (ii)          Developments related to Services                                                 (Antigua and Barbuda)

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B.4.3 – Developments Related to the Conduct of the External Trade Negotiations (Jamaica):

 

                (i)           Treatment of Bananas in the EU Market

 

 

 

 

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                (ii)          Signing of the CARIFORUM-EU                                                 Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA)

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                (iii)         Preparation for the Negotiation of a                                                 CARICOM-Canada Trade and                                                        Development Agreement

 

 

 

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                (iv)         Prioritisation and Scheduling of other                                     External Trade Negotiations

 

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                (v)          Leadership of the CRNM

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B.4.4 – Governance of the Caribbean Community:

 

                (i)   Progress Report on Mandate of the Thirteenth                  Special Meeting of the Conference

 

 

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                (ii)  Review of Portfolio Allocations within the                                 Quasi Cabinet and Related Arrangements

 

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B.4.5 – Crime and Security Including Implementation of the Decisions of the Thirteenth Special Meeting of the Conference (4-5 April 2008, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago and Major Decisions from the Sixth Meeting of the Council of Ministers responsible for National Security and Law Enforcement (CONSLE) 19-20 June 2008, St. Kitts and Nevis)

 

 

 

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B.4.6 – Update on Preparations for the Fifth Summit of the Americas (17-19 April 2009, Trinidad and Tobago) and the 2009 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) (Trinidad and Tobago)

 

 

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B.4.7 – Developments Related to the University of the West Indies (UWI)

 

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B.5  - Issues from the Twenty-Second Meeting of the Community Council of Ministers (6 June 2008, Guyana)

 

 

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SECTION C – DISCUSSIONS WITH SPECIAL

GUESTS

 

 

C.2 – Exchange of Views on Summits/Events:

 

C.2.1 – Outcome of Recent Summits/Events –

 

  • V  EU-LAC (May 2008, Peru)
  • CARIFORUM-EU Troika
  • New York Conference on the Caribbean: A 20/20 Vision Continued

 

                Attachment to C.2.1 – Lima Declaration

 

 

 

 

 

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C.2.2 – Finalisation of Attendance at Upcoming Summits:

 

(i)         CARICOM/Spain (11 July 2008, Spain)

(ii)       CARICOM/Canada (Fall 2008, Canada

(iii)      African Union Diaspora Summit

             (10 October 2008, South Africa)

(iv)     CARICOM-Cuba (8 December 2008, Cuba)

                (v)          Latin America and Caribbean Members of                        Regional and Sub-Regional Integration                                        Arrangements (December 2008, Brazil)

 

 

 

 

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C.3 – Border Issues:

 

C.3.1      Guyana-Venezuela Relations

C.3.2     Belize-Guatemala Relations

 

 

 

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C.4 – Update on Preparations for the Staging of CARIFESTA X (22-31 August 2008, Guyana)

 

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C.5 – Exchange of Views with His Excellency Kamalesh Sharma, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth

 

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SECTION D – OTHER MATTERS

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D.1 - Date  of the Twentieth Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference (First Quarter 2009, Belize)

 

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D.2 - Any Other Business

 

 

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

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Savingram 499/2008 dated 10 June 2008 – Convening Meeting

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(i)        Attachment I to Savingram - Draft Agenda –

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(ii)       Attachment II to Savingram - Memorandum            of Arrangements

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(iii)      Annex I to Attachment II to Savingram –          Registration Form

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(iv)      Annex II to Attachment II to Savingram – List of Hotels

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(v)       Attachment III to Savingram - Preliminary    Schedule for Series of Meetings

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BACKGROUND DOCUMENTATION

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Revised Treaty

 

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Summary of Recommendations and Conclusions of the Nineteenth Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government  (7-8 March 2008, The Bahamas)

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Summary of Recommendations and Conclusions of the Thirteenth Special Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community, 4-5 April 2008, Trinidad and Tobago

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Rotation Schedule

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SECCI and the Caribbean- Infrastructure and Environment Department (INE) – IDB

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Impacts of the Surge in World Food Prices on the Caribbean

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