The prime minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Terrance Drew, will travel to Brussels for a joint meeting of Heads of State and Government of the European Union (EU) and the Community of Latin American and the Caribbean States (CELAC). The meeting will occur from July 17 to 18, 2023. The EU-CELAC members are meeting for the first time in the last eight years.
The Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis will also accompany a delegation of ministers and high-ranking officials in the government. Accordingly, the delegation will consist of the following members:
- Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Denzil Douglas
- Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Climate Action, Dr Joyelle Clarke
- Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kaye Bass
- Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office, Naeemah Hazelle Press Secretary to the
- Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Adelcia Connor-Ferlance.
The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, and the Prime Minister of St. Vincent & Grenadines, Ralph E. Gonsalves, co-chaired the EU-CELAC Summit. The leaders of the two organizations have come together for the joint summit. Further, the meeting will take two days, Monday, July 17 and Tuesday, July 18.
Prime Minister Dr Terrance Drew will also meet the other members of the CELAC and the European Union. The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, will attend the EU-CELAC Summit. She accompanies the Heads of State and Government of the thirty-three (33) CELAC Member States.
The twenty-seven (27) EU Member States will also attend the two-day summit via their representatives. The prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis is attending the first summit of the EU-CELAC in his tenure. It is also worth noting that the two organizations did not host the joint summit during the tenure of his predecessor.
Prime Minister Dr Terrance Drew and his delegation of ministers, consisting of the former prime minister and minister of foreign affairs, Dr Douglas and other significant government members of St Kitts and Nevis, will leave the federation on July 15.