PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, June 27, 2013 – Venezuela’s President Nicholas Maduro is scheduled to pay his first official visit to the Trinidad and Tobago when he attends the 34th meeting of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders here next month.
Maduro, who was elected back in April following the death of former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, is among two other special guests invited by Caribbean leaders to attend the four-day summit which coincides with the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Chaguaramas.
President of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina as well as President of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo will also attend the meeting.
Trinidad and Tobago’s acting Communications Minister Anil Roberts told reporters Thursday at a post cabinet news conference that “President Maduro’s visit is important in the context of the region’s relations with Venezuela – an important player in hemispheric affairs.”
CARICOM leaders will also hold talks with President Obiana Nguema who is the current chairman of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of countries.
Discussions at the summit will centre on matters including economic challenges facing member states, transportation in the region, the reform process in CARICOM and a proposal for a high-level meeting on persons with disabilities and special needs.
The conference will also celebrate the signing of the Treaty of Chaguaramas with a special re-enactment of the July 4, 1973 signing by the then Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Dr. Eric Williams, Prime Minister Errol Barrow of Barbados, Prime Minister Michael Manley of Jamaica and Prime Minister Forbes Burnham of Guyana.