Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis was among Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government who met today in an emergency meeting to specifically address the social and economic impact of COVID-19 on the region. The Ninth Special Emergency Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM was chaired by the Hon. Mia A. Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados and CARICOM chair, on Wednesday 15 April 2020. Prime Minister Minnis told regional Heads that in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Caribbean countries must work even more closely together, especially in the areas of food security and the gradual and safe re-opening of the economy.
“We have to strike a balance between the health and safety of our citizens and residents, and ensuring that our economies continue to work,” said the Prime Minister. During the virtual meeting, Caribbean leaders received an update from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), an economic analysis from the Caribbean Development Bank and discussed protocols for the development of a common public health policy and a common border policy.