|BASSETERRE (2nd Oct., 2018): CARICOM delegates got the opportunity to experience and explore the history, culture, cuisine and hospitality of Japan while attending a familiarization trip from the 16th to 23rd September, 2018.
Ambassadors from Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Belize, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Republic of Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and the Republic of Suriname were invited to participate in the activity.
During the trip delegates visited temples, a traditional Japanese tea house where they were serenaded to by Geisha girls, enjoyed a river cruise, rode the bullet train and attended Expo Japan. At the expo, they were excited to see booths from Caribbean islands such as: Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic. An invitation was sent to the delegates to participate at the 2019 Expo.