About CARICOM Talks

On April 9, 2015, Jamaica will host an encounter between President of the United States, Barack Obama and the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) for discussions on issues on the CARICOM-USA agenda, including security and trade. They will also exchange views on regional and international issues of mutual interest. The CARICOM-US encounter will be co-chaired by the Honourable Perry Christie, Prime Minister of the Bahamas and current Chairman of CARICOM, and President Obama.

President Obama and the CARICOM Heads of Government are expected to proceed from the high-level encounter in Jamaica to Panama City for the Seventh Summit of the Americas to be held 10th to 11th April 2015.

The Summit, which has been held every three years since 1994, offers the opportunity for leaders from North, Central and South America to jointly define a hemispheric agenda at the highest level to address urgent challenges and propel positive change.

This is the first year that Cuba has been invited to attend the summit. All the Latin American and Caribbean leaders at the last summit, in Colombia in 2012, voted to invite Cuba.

The summit comes just months after Washington and Havana decided in December to normalize relations after half a century of hostilities. The Heads of State and Government of the Americas will address the Seventh Summit central theme, "Prosperity with Equity: The Challenge of Cooperation in the Americas", within which will be discussed several sub-themes, among them education, health, energy, environment, migration, security, citizen participation and democratic governance.



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