Barbados Prime Minister to hand over chairmanship of CARICOM on Friday


Prime Minister Mia Mottley

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley will hand over the chairmanship of the 15-member regional integration movement, CARICOM, on Friday during a special conference of regional leaders.

Mottley, who has served in the position for the past six months, will hand over to St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves.

The regional leaders will hold host their 20th Special

Ralf Gonsalves

Meeting on Friday via video conference beginning at 10:00 am (local time). They had agreed during their ninth Special Meeting in April to stage the handing-over ceremony at the beginning of July.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which has affected all CARICOM countries, has forced the annual summit, usually held in July, to be rescheduled to September 2 and 3 in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

During Friday’s virtual meeting, CARICOM leaders are expected to also address a number of procedural matters, according to a Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS) statement.