deanThe Prime Minister of Belize, Honorable Dean Barrow, left the country today to take part in the 36th annual Summit of Heads of Government of the CARICOM States in Nassau, Bahamas scheduled to take place on the 26th and the 27th of February.

During the summit Caribbean heads of state are expected to address a variety of issues including the creation of a marijuana commission, regional food security initiatives and the recent controversial court ruling by the Dominican Republic that denies the children of foreign nationals born in the country the automatic right to claim citizenship.

Many of the issues discussed at the upcoming summit form part of the five-year Caricom strategic plan, which includes “strategies to renew the commitment to and strengthen actions for enhancing regional unity. Caricom comprises Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.

During the Prime Minister’s absence, the Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Gaspar Vega will act as Prime Minister.

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