Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis, July 5, 2023 (Press Secretary, PMO) – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government returned to Trinidad and Tobago, the venue of the historic signing of the Treaty of Chaguaramas, for the 45th Regular Meeting and to launch a year of celebrations to mark its 50th Anniversary. 

The agenda for the Meeting tackled several major issues affecting the region, including food security, climate change, climate finance, the ongoing Haiti difficulties, security issues, international relations, and the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). 

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Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government at the 50th Anniversary Opening Ceremony

On Tuesday, 4 July, the 50th Anniversary commemorative ceremony featured a Flag Raising event; the planting of a Time Capsule, and addresses by the CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica, Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit, and host of the Conference and Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Hon. Keith Rowley. 

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CARICOM Time Capsule

Prime Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis, Hon. Dr. Terrance Drew, took the opportunity to meet with several Regional Heads and international delegates to discuss the Federation’s Sustainable Island State Agenda and opportunities for collaboration and strengthening relations.

(L-R) Prime Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis, Hon. Dr. Terrance Drew, and Secretary General of the United Nations H.E. António Guterres at the 45th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the CARICOM in Port of Spain

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Prime Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis, Hon. Dr. Terrace Drew, and PM of Haiti, Hon. Ariel Henry at the 45th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

During the business session, representatives of foreign governments and heads of international organizations paid special tributes to CARICOM in honour of the milestone.

Regional cultural artistes also paid tribute in song, dance, steel band music, and other art forms during the CARICOM 50th Anniversary Concert. Mr. Kervin “Infamus” Benjamin, Musical Ambassador to the Ministry of Sports and Creative Economy represented Saint Kitts and Nevis performing his popular tribute to the Federation “Love St. Kitts Bad” at the Anniversary Concert.  

Saint Kitts and Nevis joined the CARICOM Experience with a Food Fair and Cultural Entertainment on CARICOM Day at the Independence Square in the Federation’s capital, Basseterre, while live streaming the CARICOM Anniversary Concert. The Saint Kitts and Nevis CARICOM Experience featured a wide range of dishes, crafts, and delicacies, from various CARICOM countries and live cultural performances, and entertainment from popular local acts including Dejour and Erica Edwards.

Saint Kitts and Nevis Masquerades

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Jamaican cuisine

Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Geoffrey Hanley with nationals at the Antigua and Barbuda tent

Nationals enjoying Guyana cuisine

Commonwealth of Dominica’s craft and delicacies on display

Local singing sensation Erica Edwards

Local talent Dejour

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