Minister Brantley also took the time to highlight a number of areas that the Ministry should continue to follow closely. These include some matters addressed at the Inter-Sessional meeting such as the implementation of the CSME, the situation in Venezuela along with the recent blacklisting of some Caribbean states by the EU. The Minister will join his CARICOM colleagues headed to Romania, which is the current chair of the EU, to make the case of the Caribbean.
The Minister further identified Diplomatic Week 2019 as the next main event for the Ministry, which will be held from the 7-12 of April, 2019. Permanent Secretary Bass echoed the Minister’s commendation of the staff for its strong support during the regional Summit. The Permanent Secretary gave an update of some actions already taken in preparation for Diplomatic Week and expressed her full confidence in the Ministry’s ability to deliver a Diplomatic Week of high caliber next month. Ms. Bass also mentioned the contributions from other agencies including the Office of the Prime Minister, National Security, Police and Fire in particular, Immigration, Customs, SKNIS and Health.