Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley and President of Estonia, Kersti Kaljulaid, engaged in bilateral discussions today during day two of the 30th Inter-sessional Meeting of the CARICOM Heads of Government in St Kitts and Nevis.
The Office of the Prime Minister in a media release said 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.
It noted that 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.
The release added that 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 on Transportation, held earlier this month, which dealt with the Multilateral Air Services Agreement, proposals for a regional ferry service and easier security check-in for in-transit passengers.
The Agreement, 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.