• 27 FEB 2019

Prime Minister Rowley Holds Bilateral Talks with President of Estonia


Prime Minister Dr the Honourable Keith Rowley and Her Excellency Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Estonia, engaged in bilateral discussions today (Wednesday 27 February, 2019) during the morning of day two of the 30th Inter-sessional Meeting of the CARICOM Heads of Government in St Kitts and Nevis.

The talks included dialogue on Estonia’s experience as a small country leveraging technology to establish itself as a digital leader in Europe and the possibilities for collaboration to enhance Trinidad and Tobago’s e-Government initiatives.

Regional leaders are expected to continue meeting today to advance measurable steps for action on the CARICOM Single Market and Economy identified at a special CARICOM meeting held in Trinidad and Tobago last December. These measures included new categories for free movement of persons, engagement with the private sector and labour and the implementation of the protocol on Contingent Rights which was signed by 10 member states.

The Secretariat indicated that leaders will examine recommendations from a Special Meeting of the CARICOM Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) on Transportation, held earlier this month, which dealt with, among other things the Multilateral Air Services Agreement (MASA), proposals for a regional ferry service and easier security check-in for in-transit passengers. MASA, when implemented, will serve as a mechanism to maximize the economic and social benefits arising from aviation activities for CARICOM air carriers.

Security matters and European Union blacklisting issues affecting member states also remain on the agenda.