CARICOM 43rd Regular Heads of Government Meeting - Opening Ceremony
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The Forty-Third Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will be held in Paramaribo, Suriname, from Sunday, July 3, to Tuesday, July 5.


An opening ceremony will be held at the Assuria Event Centre, on Sunday 3 July 2022, from 6:00 p.m. Suriname Time. Remarks will be presented by:

  • CARICOM Secretary-General Dr Carla Barnett
  • Outgoing Chairman of CARICOM, Prime Minister Hon. John Briceno of Belize
  • Incoming Chairman of CARICOM, H.E. President Chandrikapersad Santokhi of Suriname
  • Newly elected Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Hon Phillip Davis
  • Newly elected Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Hon Phillip Pierre
  • Newly elected Prime Minister of Grenada, Hon Dickon Mitchell
  • United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres

The Order of the Caribbean Community (OCC) will be awarded to designated recipients during the Ceremony

The Ceremony will feature cultural presentations.

During the summit, the Heads of Government will examine agenda items such as Advancing the CARICOM Agri-Food Systems Agenda; Climate Finance; Security Issues, Matters Arising from the 49th Meeting of the Community Council, and an Update on COVID-19 and other emerging health issues.

In addition, leaders will receive updates on border issues between Belize and Guatemala, and Guyana and Venezuela.

At the end of the three-day conference, regional leaders will ratify a number of decisions; issue a Communiqué and select the date of their next summit, which is scheduled to take place in the Bahamas.