CARICOM Heads To Discuss Impact Of COVID-19 On Region

(LOOP NEWS CARIBBEAN) – The implications of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Caribbean Community is at the top of a myriad of issues that CARICOM Heads of Government will discuss when they next meet.

A meeting via video-conference is scheduled for October 29.

A statement said this Forty-first Regular Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government is expected to examine the health, financial and economic development implications of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The discussions will follow the Special Emergency Meetings held by the Heads in May, August and September as part of their efforts to harmonise their responses to and policies on the multifaceted impact of COVID-19.

The meeting will also discuss other major concerns including blacklisting.

CARICOM earlier this month issued a statement condemning the ongoing unilateral, arbitrary and non-transparent blacklisting strategy employed by the European Union (EU) against CARICOM Member States.

The statement noted that along with the unprecedented task of staging a post-COVID-19 economic recovery, the CARICOM States now have the added burden of being subjected to the EU’s discriminatory tactics disguised as tax policy and governance.

The meeting is also expected to address issues related to the regional private sector as well as regional security.

The Heads will have an exchange of views with a Special Guest, the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

The meeting will be held under the chairmanship of the current Chairman of CARICOM, Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves of St Vincent and the Grenadines.