Prime Ministers from across the Caribbean will gather in Trinidad and Tobago early next week for the 18th Special Meeting of Heads of Government of CARICOM on the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).
The meeting is taking place at the Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre from 3rd to 4th December, 2018.
It is expected to address critical issues regarding the implementation of the CSME.
The opening ceremony will take place at the Hilton's ballroom at 9 am on Monday.
The Government of Trinidad and Tobago has vowed to continue restricting the trade in honey being produced by CARICOM countries to prevent the spread of diseases.
However, a CARICOM bulletin says that T&T did not rule out relaxing rules for the product to transit that twin-island nation without penalty.
The issue dates back to February 2015 when Trinidad and Tobago fined Guyanese Freight Forwarding Service LaParkan US$3,000 for facilitating the movement of honey within one mile of Trinidad and Tobago’s shores in violation of the 1935 Beekeeping and Bee Products Act.
Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley has announced that her Cabinet will extend the most favoured-nation treatment principle to all CARICOM citizens as a matter of urgency.
Article 8 of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas states: "Subject to the provisions of this Treaty, each Member State shall, with respect to any rights covered by this Treaty, accord to another Member State treatment no less favourable than that accorded to:
(a) a third Member State; or
(b) third States."