Statement from the Office of the Prime Minister –
The Honourable Kamla Persad-Bissessar SC, Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, leaves Trinidad tomorrow (Wednesday) for Jamaica for a Special Summit between leaders of CARICOM and the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama.
The meeting will be held on Thursday at the Mona Campus of the University of the West indies (UWI).
In January 2015, the United States Vice-President, Joe Biden Jr, hosted the Caribbean Energy Security meeting in Washington DC. At the end of that meeting, the Chairman of CARICOM, the Prime Minister of the Bahamas, requested a meeting with President Obama to discuss matters of mutual interest.
During the Summit, Mrs Persad-Bissessar, as lead Prime Minister for Crime and Security in the region, is expected to initiate discussions on security issues on behalf of the CARICOM states.
While in Jamaica, Mrs Persad-Bissessar will formally open the refurbished Trinidad and Tobago High Commission building.
Following the Special Summit in Jamaica, Mrs Persad-Bissessar flies out to Panama for the Seventh Summit of the Americas which will be held on Friday and Saturday.
Trinidad and Tobago hosted the Fifth Summit of the Americas in Port-of-Spain in 2009.
In the absence of Mrs Persad-Bissessar, the Honourable Errol Mc Leod, Minister of Labour, Small and Micro Enterprises, will act as Prime Minister.