Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Caption:‘shared values’: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

PRIME Minister Dr Keith Rowley left for Barbados yesterday to attend the 31st Inter-sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (Caricom).

A release from the Prime Minister’s office said, while in Barbados, Rowley is also expected to meet with the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau.

Trudeau is expected to participate in group discussions and bilateral meetings with Caricom leaders.

The Caricom meeting takes place from February 18-19.

Canada is seeking to be elected to the United Nations Security Council in 2021-2022.

On his official website, Trudeau stated: “Canada and Caribbean countries have always had strong relationships and almost one million people of Caribbean descent live in Canada. These relationships are based on shared values and partnership in the fight against climate change, the promotion of democracy, trade, economic growth, and security. I look forward to meeting the leaders of Caricom to discuss how we can work together to strengthen the Caribbean, and build a better world.”

Minister of Finance Colm Imbert will act as Prime Minister until Rowley returns.

Areas to be examined at the Intersessional meeting include CSME, Report from the Commission on the Economy; Caricom advocacy against blacklisting, derisking and withdrawal of correspondent banking and engagement with the private sector, labour and civil society.