CaribWorldNews, GREATER GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Mon. April 26, 2010: A historic summit between the Caribbean Community and Brazil will open today in Brasilia.
Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community, CARICOM, Edwin Carrington, said the first CARICOM-Brazil Summit is expected to identify avenues for the development of cooperation between CARICOM and Brazil in many sectors; political, commercial, economic, cultural, consular, and educational.
Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer of Antigua and Barbuda; Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of The Bahamas, Brent Symonette; Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Barbados, Maxine McClean; Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belize, Wilfred P. Elrington; Prime Minister of Dominica and current Chairman of CARICOM, Roosevelt Skerrit; Prime Minister of Grenada, Tillman Thomas; President of Guyana, Bharrat Jagdeo; President of Haiti, René Préval; Prime Minister of Jamaica, Bruce Golding; Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Denzil Douglas; Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Stephenson King; Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph E. Gonsalves; President of Suriname, Runaldo Ronald Venetiaan and Ambassador to Brazil from Trinidad and Tobago, Monica Clement, are set to be part of the CARICOM delegation.
The secretary-general`s delegation is expected to provide support to some fourteen CARICOM heads of government and delegations.
The heads of government have shown a commitment to enhance cooperation and collaboration and a quest for mechanisms to monitor that cooperation and strengthen their historical and cultural bonds, a CARICOM statement says.
Several bilateral meetings between CARICOM and Brazil preceded this Summit including the Inter-sessional Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government in Paramaribo in 2005, at which President Luis Ignacio Lula da Silva of Brazil addressed the opening session.