Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit
Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit

Prime Minister Skerrit is new chairman of CARICOM

Roosevelt Skerrit, Dominica's Prime Minister and Minister for Finance has assumed the 6-month Chairmanship of CARICOM on Friday, July 1st.

The chairman of the regional institution is rotated every six months among regional prime ministers.

The outgoing Chairman was Dean Oliver Barrow, the Prime Minister of Belize who held the position from 1 January to 30 June 2016.

The next meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government will take place in Guyana from July 4th to 6th and Prime Minister Skerrit will lead a delegation to that meeting.

As chairman of CARICOM Prime Minister Skerrit is expected to address several topical regional issues when he address the 37th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of CARICOM on Monday.

This Conference is being held just days after the so-called Brexit upheaval in Great Britain and observers will be listening with interest to hear how PM Skerrit and his counterparts address this and other international issues of interest and relevance to the region.

The Opening Ceremony on Monday, July 4th begins at 5:00 p.m. AST at the National Cultural Centre in Guyana.

That meeting was scheduled to be held in Dominica but was moved to Guyana when Tropical Storm Erika affected Dominica in August 2015.