CARICOM Chairman to address China meeting

PerryChristie-2Nassau, Bahamas (CMC) — Newly appointed Caribbean Community (CARICOM) chairman, Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie, will address the two day meeting of the China/Community of Latin American and Caribbean countries (China/CELAC) in Beijing later this week, according to an official statement.

It said that Christie, who took over the chairmanship of the 15-member regional grouping on January 1st will “deliver a statement on behalf of CARICOM and is scheduled to meet with the President and Premier of China for discussions on regional issues” during the January 8 to 9 meeting.

“The visit will also provide an opportunity to discuss bi-lateral relations with China including areas of technical cooperation, maritime issues and a possible air services agreement,” the statement said.

It said that while in Beijing, Prime Minister Christie will “also take the opportunity to meet with private sector investors in the tourism area in connection with the Bahamas project”.

He will also have discussions with the chairman of Genting/Resorts World Group.

Christie will be accompanied by a five-member delegation that includes the Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell, the Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe and the Minister of Transport and Aviation Glenys Hanna Martin.

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