Heads of state and governments confirm attendance at V Summit

MERIDA, Mexico – The year 1994 saw the creation of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) – a diplomatic organization formed with the great intention of increasing consultation, cooperation and c

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MERIDA, Mexico – The year 1994 saw the creation of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) – a diplomatic organization formed with the great intention of increasing consultation, cooperation and concerted action among its member countries so as to promote the sustainable development of the Greater Caribbean. It is now, 2014, and it can clearly be seen that the ACS has succeeded in its initial plans and continues to do so.

This year, the association celebrates its 20th anniversary. On the occasion of this event, from April 28-30, 2014, all members, associate members, observers, and founders will convene in the Yucatan Peninsula, Merida, Mexico, to continue talks on reviewing and implementing further plans for the benefit of the Greater Caribbean Region during the “V Summit of Heads of State and/or Government of the ACS.”

Thirteen heads of state and governments have thus far confirmed attendance to this summit. They include: Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, St. Kitts and Nevis, Venezuela, Curacao, and Saint Maarten.

Preceding the summit, two meetings, the “Preparatory Meeting of the 7th Extraordinary Meeting of the Ministerial Council” and the “7th Extraordinary Meeting of the Ministerial Council” will be held to revise the “Draft Declaration of Merida.” Further discussions will be held on the “Evaluation of the Plan of Action of Petion-Ville,” home of the V Summit in 2013 which emphasized the theme, “Revitalizing the vision of the Association of Caribbean States for a stronger and more United Greater Caribbean.” The “Draft Declaration of Merida,” laid out by member states, associate members, and founding observers will continue promoting sustainable development for the Greater Caribbean in various areas, which include: trade, transport, tourism, and disaster risk reduction.

Having completed preparatory meetings, delegates will welcome the start of the “VI Summit of Heads of State and/ or Government of the States of the ACS” in the “Yucatan Siglo XXI” Convention Centre, Merida, Mexico. The opening ceremony for the summit will include an address by the President of the Host Country, His Excellency Enrique Pena Nieto, as well as remarks by the Secretary General of the ACS, His Excellency Ambassador Alfonso Munera, along with His Excellency Mario Molina, Mexican Nobel Prize winner.

Having concluded the opening ceremony, one of the main highlights of the Summit will be the presentation of four macro projects offered by the Government of Mexico entitled “New Initiatives for the Benefit of the Caribbean.” This presentation will be deemed highly important to the Mexican Government as it is a way to increase investment for all members of the organization in an effort to continue increasing the prosperity of the Greater Caribbean. Having fully discussed all plans put forward in the agenda, the Declaration of Mérida by the Heads of State and Government will be signed and the VI Summit of the Association of Caribbean States concluded.

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WHAT TO TAKE AWAY FROM THIS ARTICLE:

  • On the occasion of this event, from April 28-30, 2014, all members, associate members, observers, and founders will convene in the Yucatan Peninsula, Merida, Mexico, to continue talks on reviewing and implementing further plans for the benefit of the Greater Caribbean Region during the “V Summit of Heads of State and/or Government of the ACS.
  • ” Further discussions will be held on the “Evaluation of the Plan of Action of Petion-Ville,” home of the V Summit in 2013 which emphasized the theme, “Revitalizing the vision of the Association of Caribbean States for a stronger and more United Greater Caribbean.
  • ” This presentation will be deemed highly important to the Mexican Government as it is a way to increase investment for all members of the organization in an effort to continue increasing the prosperity of the Greater Caribbean.

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Linda Hohnholz

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