KINGSTON, Jamaica: Jamaica will assume chairmanship of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in July.
The decision was made at the Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of the Heads of Government. Haiti was next in line to chair the CARICOM. However, at the meeting, it was decided that Haiti would not be in a position to assume the chairmanship due to the effects of the devastating earthquake which struck the nation on January 12.
Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding will take over as Chairman of the Community, after current chairman, Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit’s term ends on June 30.
President of Haiti René Préval, has acknowledged that it would have been difficult to manage the reconstruction of Haiti as well as CARICOM matters.
Prior to the announcement by the Heads of Government, Préval told representatives of the media that “it would have been an honour” to serve as Chairman of the Community.
“It would be difficult for me to manage Haiti while taking care of CARICOM. It was an honour for me, but really I think you understand if I am doing a job I do it well,” Préval said. (JIS)