Prime Minister Honourable Dr. Kenny D. Anthony left the island on Monday, December 10, 2012 to attend, on behalf of CARICOM, the 7th African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) Summit of the Heads of State and Government in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.
The Summit is being held under the theme, “The Future of the ACP Group in a Changing World: Challenges and Opportunities”, from December 13-14, 2012.
Dr. Anthony is expected to deliver an address in his capacity as chairman of CARICOM on behalf of the Caribbean Region of the ACP Group at the opening ceremony of the Summit on Thursday, December 13, 2012.
Other dignitaries such as Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary-General, His Excellency Dr. Boni Yayi, president of the African Union and Hon. Henry Puna, Chairman of the Forum of Pacific Islands are also expected to address the Summit.
The Summit will receive reports from ministerial consultations on the environment, climate change, food security and rural development in ACP countries, among others. The heads will also deliberate on the status of the ACP Group on matters of trade, security and good governance, as well as the future of development finance and the Post-Busan Global Partnership over the two-day period.
Prime Minister Anthony will be accompanied by Irwin La Rocque, secretary general of CARICOM.
The mrime minister is expected to return to Saint Lucia on Sunday, December 16, 2012.
In his absence, Honourable Phillip J. Pierre, Minister for Infrastructure, Port Services and Transport, will assume the responsibilities of prime minister.