ST GEORGE’S, Grenada — Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell met on Wednesday in Bridgetown with his Barbadian counterpart Freundel Stuart, where they discussed issues on the regional agenda for the upcoming CARICOM heads of government summit in Trinidad this July.
It was the first meeting between the two since they were elected in general elections in their respective countries in February.
Mitchell was in Barbados on Wednesday to present the annual David Thompson Lecture at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies.
He was due to speak on the issue of science and technology, as Grenada resumes its lead role on the issue among CARICOM states.
The lecture series is held in the name of the late Barbadian leader, whom Stuart succeeded after he succumbed to cancer while in office in 2010.
Mitchell was due to deliver the lecture at 7 pm, but scheduled a series of meetings following his arrival in Bridgetown on Wednesday morning, including one with Stuart.
Key among issues discussed between the two leaders were regional integration, as it relates to the OECS countries; the overall financial situation in the region, including a resolution on the situation with CLICO Financial — the former giant, but now-liquidated financial conglomerate based in Trinidad.
As has been his mantra since assuming office, Mitchell again pledged to engage aggressively with regional stakeholders including governments, social and private sectors in resolving the fiscal crisis.