Dominica new Chair of CARICOM

(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana) Hon. Roosevelt Skerritt, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica assumed the Chairmanship of the Caribbean Community on 1 January 2010. He will serve in this position until 30 June 2010. The outgoing Chairman, H.E. President Bharrat Jagdeo of Guyana served from 1July-31 December 2009. The Chairmanship of CARICOM rotates among Member States every six months.

From 1 July -31 December 2010, the chairmanship goes to Haiti.

This change in chairmanship also affects the Bureau of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM which comprises the current Chairman; the outgoing and incoming Chairmen and the Secretary-General.

With this rotation, the Bureau now comprises Hon. Roosevelt Skerritt Prime Minister of Dominica; H.E. Bharrat Jagdeo, President of Guyana, H.E. Rene Preval, President of Haiti, and H.E. Edwin W. Carrington, CARICOM Secretary-General.

The Bureau of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM initiates proposals for development and approval by the Ministerial Councils; updates the consensus of the Member States on issues to be determined by the Conference, facilitates implementation of Community decisions, and provides guidance to the CARICOM Secretariat on policy issues.

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