Guyana to sit on CELAC Quartet as Caricom Representative
Guyana by virtue of its current chairmanship of CARICOM will sit on the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) quartet as a CARICOM representative.
The quartet is the highest coordinating forum of CELAC and comprises the outgoing chairman, current chairman, the incoming chairman and the chairman of CARICOM, President David Granger.
The President along with Second Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge, Ambassador Audrey Jardine-Waddell and other Foreign Service officers will be attending the Fifth Summit of the CELAC (CELAC) to be held in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic from January 21 – 25, 2017.
Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman, at a recent post-Cabinet media conference said on the agenda is the adoption of a political declaration, a CELAC action plan for 2017-2018, special pre-negotiated declarations and a gender strategy.
He explained that economic, political, social and cultural integration of the 33 countries will be dealt with.
The summit is an inter-governmental mechanism for dialogue and political agreement
CELAC was established at a summit in Venezuela on December 2011, when 33 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean gathered to discuss and share knowledge on various issues.