Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley departed for Barbados on Friday where he will attend the 31st Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community.
Rowley is also expected to meet with the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, while in Barbados.
A media release issued by the Office of the Prime Minister on Friday stated that Finance Minister Colm Imbert will act as Prime Minister.
The CARICOM Heads of Government meeting is carded for February 18-19 and will be held at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Two Mile Hill, St. Michael, Barbados.
The matters to be discussed include the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME); the Report on the Commission on the Economy; Engagement with the private sector, labour and civil society; CARICOM Advocacy Against Blacklisting, De-Risking and Withdrawal of Correspondent Banking; and Supporting CARICOM Resilience and – Update on Matters of Importance for Science and Technology.
They will also examine the recommendations from the 25th Meeting of the Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on External Negotiations.
In caucus, CARICOM Heads of Government will try to find consensus on security matters and border issues between Belize and Guatemala, and Guyana and Venezuela.