BASSETERRE, St. Kitts & Nevis: Caribbean government officials have agreed to recruit a change facilitator to support Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General, Irwin LaRocque, in restructuring the Secretariat and strengthening corporate functions.
The decision came during the 23rd Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government held in Suriname earlier this month, at which a report on the review of the Secretariat was received.
The report, commissioned in July 2010, in Montego Bay, Jamaica, was carried out by independent consultants and supervised by a project management team comprised of representatives of CARICOM member states.
This country’s Prime Minister, Dr. Denzil Douglas, was among the Caribbean leaders in attendance who considered the recommendations of the report and those of the Community council, and agreed to make the report public.
The Heads of Government agreed that great strides have been made in the movement toward economic integration ever since the signing of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas in 2001.
The Bureau of Conference will work with an internal group from the Secretariat to improve regional governance and implementation. This process will involve the development of a five-year strategic plan in time to be considered by the leaders at the Thirty-Third Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government in July.
The leaders noted the positive outcome of the Bureau of Conference’s visit to Haiti from February 13 to 14. With the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with regard to CARICOM’s support for Haiti in the areas of institution building, capacity building, youth development programs and facilitation of travel for Haitian nationals, the visit served to reaffirm the Community’s solidarity with Haiti. Government officials engaged in fruitful discussions with Haitian President, Michel Martelly, his cabinet members and relevant stakeholders.
The leaders emphasized the importance of Haiti’s Special Representative and Representation Office in continuing to provide support for Haiti through advocacy and capacity building, as well as in helping to implement the MOU. They also reiterated their call for the international community to fulfill their pledges to finance Haiti’s reconstruction.