Caribbean Community and Common Market meet

Heads of governments of the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) on Thursday convened in Paramaribo, Surinam's capital, to discuss important regional issues including economic cooperation, security and sustainable development.The chairman of the 23rd Inter-sessional Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government, Surinam's President Desire D. Bouterse, said that a sense of ownership, dedication and strong leadership is required in CARICOM in order to respond to current international crises.

"The CARICOM must lead us to a better way of doing things, a faster response to false starts and wrong directions and, more importantly, to the meaningful and effective participation of our citizens in all areas and throughout the entire Region, when global economic anxiety is so high," said Bouterse in his speech at the opening ceremony of the two-day meeting, which attracted the heads of government and officials of the 15 member states.

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